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Inland Bird Banding Association Meeting

November 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - November 13, 2016 @ 12:00 pm EST

$9.00 – $40.00
Norther Saw-whet Owl


11-13 NOVEMBER 2016

Hosted at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary
near Connersville, Indiana

About the Meeting

Each year, usually in the autumn, the Inland Bird Banding Association holds an annual conference in a different part of the inland area. There you can meet amateur and professional banders and ornithologists with a wide range of interests, and discuss with them mutual concerns.

IBBA Conference Brochure

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary (MGBS), owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society (IAS), will be the location for the fall 2016 Inland Bird Banding Association (IBBA) meeting from 11-13 November 2016. The MGBS, near Connersville, Indiana, provides over 700 acres of various habitats for birds and wildlife. The MGBS maintains over 10 miles of walking trails for visitors, 4 ponds, a pine and wooded forest, and an established prairie.

We are excited to host this gathering in celebration of the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial. One of Indiana’s goals for the year is to promote key actions to help birds. The work of IBBA members aligns with this goal and we are enthusiastic to welcome attendees to Indiana.


3:00 pm – Inland Bird Banding Association Board Meeting

5:00 pm – Registration is Open

Feel free to arrive early to enjoy the hiking trails.

7:30 pm – The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

Presenters: Dr. Carl E. Wilms & Amy Wilms, Resident Managers, Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, located near Connersville, Indiana provides over 700 acres of habitat for wildlife, native plants, and most importantly, resident and migrating birds. Carl and Amy will share the amazing aspects about the Sanctuary and how it was established. They will provide an overview of the projects underway that include Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS), Northern Saw-whet Owl, and hummingbird research. In addition, Carl and Amy will discuss their future research on invasive plant removal and the connections to birds.

8:15 pm – Banding and Education at Hueston Woods State Park and the Connections to the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary

Presenter:  Drs. David and Jill Russell, Avian Research and Education Institute

The Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI) is a non-profit organization (501C3) dedicated to the protection and conservation of avian populations.  AREI is committed to establishing biological stations that will provide bird banding and environmental education to the public. The specific research goals of AREI are to monitor migratory and breeding bird populations through banding and molecular studies. Dr. Russell will share his ongoing research and how it can connect with the invasive specie research at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.

Dusk – Midnight Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstration

Bander: Jess Gwinn

Two years ago, the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary started participating in banding Northern Saw-whet Owls. From past records, this is the weekend to catch a few! Join Jess Gwinn to learn more about the banding process and how to age and sex the owls.

9:00 pm – Midnight Reception

Join us on this late night for some time to talk to friends and new banders! Local made cheeses will be served alongside crackers and other small snacks. You won’t want to miss this!


8:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am – Birding Tour at Brookville Lake/Dunlapsville with Sam Fitton

Birding at Brookville Lake in the Dunlapsville area is enjoyable any time of year! Participants on this trip will enjoy seeing one of the largest Black Vulture roosts in Indiana. This birding trip will leave the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary promptly at 8:30 am and arrive back just in time for lunch. Dress ward (in layers) and bring a scope if you have one. Sam Fitton, will be your guide.

9:00 am – 11:30 am – Learning the Molt! Woodpeckers & American Goldfinches

David Russell will give a short talk to offer tips and tricks when aging and sexing woodpeckers and American Goldfinches. After the talk, Dr. Russell will demonstrate what participants have learned with live birds from Mary Gray’s feeder stations.

Dr. David Russell – Miami University & Avian Research and Education Institute

9:00 am – 11:30 am – Banding Demonstrations

Feeder Birds! Sometimes the most common birds are the toughest to age and sex. Join us at our extremely active feeders to learn more about processing our most abundant birds. Tips, tricks, and informative information will be provided by some fantastic banders.

Brenda & Rich Keith – Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Ohio Bird Banding Association (OBBA) Meeting

12:00 pm – Lunch

Saturday Keynote Lunch

Tracking Golden-winged Warbler Migration with Geolocators Reveals Populations Specific Timing, Routes, and Wintering Areas

Henry M. Streby, Gunnar R. Kramer, Sean M. Peterson, Justin A. Lehman, David A. Buehler, Petra B. Wood, and David E. Andersen

Henry Streby Banding

Henry Streby Banding

Golden-winged Warblers (Vermivora chyrsoptera) are Neotropical migrants experiencing very different population trends across their breeding range, but those trends are not explained by breeding-grounds factors (e.g. habitat is available, nest success is generally high). No information exists on nonbreeding distributions, migration routes, or timing of migration among populations, and factors outside the breeding period may influence population trends. We tracked annual movements of 21 Golden-winged Warblers from 3 North American breeding locations experiencing varying population trends using geolocators from 2013-2015 to investigate the potential for nonbreeding-site factors to influence breeding populations. We will present geolocator attachment methods and view a short video. We analyzed geolocator data using the template-fit method, which is more accurate than the commonly used threshold method. We will present results supporting near complete temporal and spatial isolation of Golden-winged Warblers from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee during migration, and a lack of overlap among populations on the wintering grounds. This isolation among populations supports our hypothesis that non-breeding factors likely influence populations differently and therefore influence observed differences in local and regional population trends on the breeding grounds. Depending on our schedule before the meeting, we hope to present preliminary results from 2015-2016 with >75 additional birds, including Blue-winged Warblers (Vermivora cyanoptera) and Vermivora hybrids, from 22 sites across the species-complex breeding range.

Afternoon Presentations

Banding as a critical tool in documenting the biology and restoration of peregrine falcons in the midwestern United States

John Castrale, Retired Nongame Bird Biologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Co-authors Patrick Redig and Amber Burnette

John Castrale Banding

John Castrale Banding

Once extirpated in the midwestern United States and adjacent parts of southern Canada, Peregrine Falcons have now been restored to around 300 pairs mainly as the result of the release of over 1,200 captive-reared chicks in 12 states and two provinces from 1981-2007.  Due to an extensive, coordinated effort to color band peregrine falcon chicks and identify banded adults on breeding territories, the Midwest Peregrine Falcon population is one of the best studied of any restored bird population on such a large scale.  This presentation will discuss the growth and distribution of the Midwest Peregrine Falcon population, as well as productivity, pair bonds, site fidelity, survival rates, age distribution, longevity, and dispersal.

The Future of Boreal Owls in Alaska: How will climate change effect a common, elusive owl of the north? by Aaron Anderson, Miami University Graduate Student

The effect of climate change on environmental disturbance is particularly evident in higher latitude ecosystems. In boreal forests, the projected temperature increases associated with climate change are expected to increase summer droughts and thus increase wildfire frequency. Boreal Owls (Aegolius funereus), inhabitants of these high latitude forests, are a species of special concern, as they depend upon old growth forests for abundant prey items. Will this increase in wildfires, projected to dramatically alter the forest composition of the boreal forest effect the breeding success of an elusive denizen of the north? Using a combination of chick growth monitoring, video monitoring of provisioning events and GIS analysis of the habitat surrounding nest sites, I hope to shed light on this question and will discuss the results of my research during this presentation.

American Kestrel Research: Building Nest Boxes; Determining Success by Michael Hall, MGBS Resident Caretaker

Michael Hall, in connection with the Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI), is working on a long-term project to determine breeding success of the American Kestrel after constructing and installing nest boxes on landowner’s properties. Michael will share his tips and current research data.

Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory: An Update from the Field by Brenda and Rich Keith

Rich and Brenda Keith will give a brief overview of the bird banding program conducted at the Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory since the beginning. Dr. Lou Batts, co-founder of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, started banding in 1960. The present day fall migration banding project began in 1974 and MAPS was started in 1990. Banding takes place at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, MI; the Pitsfield banding station near Vicksburg, MI; and Fort Custer Training Center near Battle Creek, MI.

Owl Banding for the Stewardship Trifecta by Brad Bumgardner, Indiana Dunes State Park

For eight seasons, the Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services has brought he public closer to an aspect of it’s unique bird migration, the annual, yet elusive Saw-whet Owl migration. Via it’s fall banding research program, over 2,000 visitors a year come to watch in a program that combines live research, interpretive education, volunteer action, and a revenue and donation generator. This presentation will highlight the parks’ successes and failures in using the program to tell the park’s story and combine several operational goals within one program.

Bird Banding Lab Update by Bruce Peterjohn, Chief, BBL

Bruce will share current updates from the Bird Banding Lab

4:00 pm Inland Bird Banding Association Membership Meeting

Saturday Evening

6:00 pm – Celebrating 100 Years of Bird Conservation: Migratory Bird Treaty – Katie Koch, Regional Migratory Bird Biologist, USFWS

6:45 pm – Dinner, Keynote, and Silent Auction

Join us for the highlight of the weekend, the IBBA banquet! A homemade Indiana fantastic dinner will be served.



Worm-eating Warbler Breeding Demography and Post-fledging Habitat Use in South-Central Indiana

Patrick Ruhl

Patrick Ruhl

Patrick Ruhl, Graduate Student, Purdue University

Patrick Ruhl is conducting research into Worm-eating Warbler breeding demography in the Brown County Hills region of Southern Indiana. Over the past two years of banding in 6 (4 ha) clearcuts, over 100 adult Worm-eating Warblers (WEWA) have been captured and banded in breeding condition during the month of June. Based on their described breeding phenology, this early association with young forest habitat raised several questions. In addition to banding efforts in 2016, Patrick implemented a nest-searching and radio-telemetry study in an attempt to better understand WEWA habitat use. In this talk Patrick will review results from this study and discuss the implications for forest habitat management.


Silent Auction

Silent Auction Fundraiser (to commence on Friday and end 15 minutes after the keynote presentation on Saturday). Stop by the table often throughout the meeting!

The annual silent auction is one of the most important fundraisers for IBBA. We have items on display to bid on including:

  • Family Eye Care of Clarksville – Dr. Steve and Cyndi Routledge – 2 pairs of designer sunglasses and cases
  • Southeastern Avian Research – Toolbox and digital calipers
  • Scott Weidensaul – signed copy of Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean (Peterson Reference Guides)
  • Julie Zickefoose – signed copy of Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest
  • Eagle Optics – binocular strap

Many thanks to Cynthia Routledge for organizing the Silent Auction!

Dusk – Midnight – Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Demonstration

Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding. Join Jess Gwinn to learn more about the banding process and how to age and sex the owls!


8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:00 am  – Hike the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary with Carl Wilms, Resident Manager

Carl Wilms will meet up with attendees in front of Brooks Hall to lead a hike through the Sanctuary. You’ve come this far – take the time to see part of the 700 acre property and trails. The walk will be semi-moderate hiking on the Sanctuary trails and will cover over 2 miles. Carl will spend time talking about the history of the Sanctuary and watching out for birds! Bring your binoculars, dress in layers, and hiking shoes/boots. You’ll enjoy your hike – we promise!

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Banding Demonstrations

Sometimes the most common birds are the toughest to age and sex. Join us at our extremely active feeders to learn more about processing our most abundant birds. Tips, tricks, and informative information will be provided by some fantastic banders.

Demonstrations provide by:

Drs. David and Jill Russell – Miami University & Avian Research and Education Institute: Dr. Russell will focus on woodpecker aging.

Brenda & Rich Keith – Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory

10:30 am – BBL permit “101”

Bruce Peterjohn will cover the basic issues associated with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, bird banding permits, and related issues. There’s a lot of misinformation about banding permits that is a part of the bander “lore”. Even experienced banders are misinformed and everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions and cover the basics of banding permits.

11:30 am – Loggerhead Shrikes in Decline and What Bird Banders Can Do to Help Them

Presenter: Allisyn Gillet, Nongame Bird Biologist, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Over the past 40 years, the population of loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus) in North America has declined by more than 70%. In Indiana alone, loggerhead shrikes are declining at a rate of five percent per year.  Now fewer than 10 breeding territories are occupied annually.  This means that within the next century, shrikes may very well become extirpated from the state of Indiana, where nearly 100 breeding pairs were found less than three decades ago. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has recognized this decline and listed the loggerhead shrike as state endangered.  Through many years of monitoring, the Indiana DNR has developed several research questions that, when answered, can help conserve this species across its range. I will discuss the population trends of loggerheads shrikes in Indiana and the methods involved in banding loggerhead shrikes. Finally, I will pose questions that will hopefully inspire future research across their range. I solicit the help of bird banders and researchers alike to help resolve this conservation conundrum.

12:00 pm: Conclusion of Meeting


November 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
November 13, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
$9.00 – $40.00
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Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary
3499 S Bird Sanctuary Rd
Connersville, IN 47331 United States


Amy Wilms

Who's Attending

44 people are attending Inland Bird Banding Association Meeting

  • Steven Henthorne
  • Michael OKeefe
  • michael bishop
  • Megan Pease
  • Tony Rothering
  • Allen Chartier
  • Katie Koch
  • Valerie Geile
  • Amber Burnette
  • James Coffman
  • Patricia Lueders
  • Sarah Fischer
  • Richard Bradley
  • Mary Hedrick
  • Linda Tossing
  • Paula Cimprich
  • Brandan Gray
  • Donna Hilton
  • Amber Roth
  • Jean Favara
  • Nancy Redman
  • Sally Routh
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  • Sylvia Hadley
  • Mark Shieldcastle
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  • Kelly Williams
  • Sandra Bivens
  • Jason Monson
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  • Mordacq James
  • Austin Broadwater
  • R. F. Sharp
  • Anastasia Rahlin
  • Denise Weyer
  • Stefanie Emmons
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  • Mary Yandell
  • Landon Neumann
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