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Bird program set at Crown Point historic site

Banding station to open May 4

The Crown Point State Historic Site will mark its 38th year of bird banding with a special program Saturday, May 4. To celebrate the opening of the Crown Point Bird Banding Association station at the site, the Friends of the Crown Point Historic Site will host Gary Lee, who will present a free program at 1 p.m. in the site’s museum auditorium.

The Crown Point State Historic Site will mark its 38th year of bird banding with a special program Saturday, May 4. To celebrate the opening of the Crown Point Bird Banding Association station at the site, the Friends of the Crown Point Historic Site will host Gary Lee, who will present a free program at 1 p.m. in the site’s museum auditorium.

— The Crown Point State Historic Site will mark its 38th year of bird banding with a special program Saturday, May 4.

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Mathew Anderson, president of the Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site board of trustees, prepares to release a newly-banded bird. The group and the Crown Point Bird Banding Association will join forces Saturday, May 4, to offer an indoor-outdoor public presentation by bird bander Gary Lee.

To celebrate the opening of the Crown Point Bird Banding Association station at the site, the Friends of the Crown Point Historic Site will host Gary Lee, who will present a free program at 1 p.m. in the site’s museum auditorium. His topic will be “Thirty-eight years of Bird Banding during May at Crown Point State Historic Site.”

Lee is a retired forest ranger, naturalist, columnist and author.

The Crown Point Bird Banding Association station will open that morning. It is located at the tip of Crown Point peninsula, jutting northward into Lake Champlain. The peninsula serves as a natural migrant trap, especially in spring.

Crown Point State Historic Site is also designated as an Audubon Important Bird Area.

The site is located at the New York end of the Lake Champlain Bridge, 21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point.

“Consistently for more than three dozen years, the all-volunteer Crown Point Bird Banding Association has devoted great effort and care into gathering and recording ornithological data during spring migration on the Crown Point peninsula,” said Tim Hughes, Crown Point State Historic Site manager. “Mr. Lee’s educational, indoor presentation is scheduled to take place at the start of the 15-day bird banding work at Crown Point this year.”

More than 180 bird species have been observed at the Crown Point bird banding station. Many are spring migrants, with 47 species of neotropical migratory songbirds and 18 species of forest dwelling neotropical migrants having been observed in spring.

Since 1976 13,442 birds of 97 species have been banded.

The bird banding station was established by J.M.C. “Mike” Peterson. The banding is led this year by licensed master bander Gordon E. Howard, a professor in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management at Clemson University in South Carolina. The bird banding station operates under a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with the cooperation of Crown Point State Historic Site.

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