Songbird Banding Project

Have you ever imagined holding a songbird in your hand, looking into its eyes, stroking its feathers?  Scientists who study birds by netting them and outfitting them with identification bands do it all the time.  At Hogback, Marlboro resident and retired biologist Eric Slayton has been running a bird banding research study since 2020.  During the spring and fall migrations, Eric invites the public to visit his research site on the slopes of Hogback and help with the work of netting and banding the birds.  You don't need to have any prior experience.  You can visit just once, or sign up to help throughout the season.  Read Eric's seasonal reports by clicking on the links, and if you're inspired to help, contact Eric at