David La Puma

Major Milestones at the Banding Station

The last week has been very busy for New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) in partnership with Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT), Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Our first deployment of LifeTags™, tiny solar-powered radio transmitters weighing about 0.35g (less than a dollar bill cut in half).…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 7 (9/27 – 10/3)

Words and Images by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The excitement that ended the sixth week of our inaugural season of banding here in Cape May continued right over into the seventh week with September 27 being our biggest day yet! We processed 180 birds (165 new) of 28 species.…...

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The first season of the next 100 years

Introduction Bird banding provides an opportunity to assess the physical condition of birds, as well as to determine the age/sex ratio of birds passing through a site. Together these data provide insight into the health of individuals, populations, and in some cases, entire species. While NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 6 (9/20 – 9/26)

Words by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The sixth week of our inaugural banding season began with a stinker of a surprise at the nets and ended with one huge surprise in the nets. September 20, while opening the nets, we came around the corner to discover a skunk had taken…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 5 (9/13 – 9/19)

Words by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The fifth week of the inaugural season of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory banding station saw a continuation of the easterly winds and variable totals from day-to-day. For example, on September 11th, we banded 107 birds, the following day we banded…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 4 (9/6 – 9/12)

By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The fourth week of the inaugural season of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory banding station began and ended the same way, with birthday celebrations and closing early due to the heat index surpassing 100F. September 6th (David La Puma’s birthday) was particularly…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 3 (8/30 – 9/5)

By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The third week of banding continued where the second week left off, closing early due to the heat and capturing a relatively small number of individuals (less than twenty). Although we didn’t band many birds on the 30th, we did have seven recaptures…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 2 (8/23 – 8/29)

By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The second week of NJ Audubon’s CMBO 2018 fall banding season started off with our biggest day yet. The previous day, August 22nd, we had taken off from banding so as to construct boardwalks, which were much needed around six of our nets,…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 1 (8/15 – 8/22)

By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge On Wednesday, August 15th, staff and volunteers from New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) & Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT) worked tirelessly for several hours clearing net lanes and battling poison ivy and were rewarded for their efforts the next morning when…...

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