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The MOWEST Migration Monitoring Station
Bander Jack Hilsabeck has been monitoring fall migration at the Otoe Creek Nature Area on the campus of Missouri Western State University for ten years. His banding station has not only shown local population trends for several species, it has provided University students and St. Joseph residents with the opportunity to work at the station. The MOWEST station is run entirely on the volunteer efforts of the individuals pictured here. Jack also teaches ornithology classes at Western.
The MOWEST banding station data has shown some interesting abundance patterns for several species, including Orange-crowned and Nashville Warblers, Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos, and Traill's and Least Flycatchers. To see MOWEST data from 2001-2010 please click (here). You can also view the Top Ten Banded Birds from 2001-2010 (here).
Above : Larry Lade, long-time birder and bander at the MOWEST station, extracts a Black-capped Chickadee. Larry is also on the Board of Directors of the Audubon Society of Missouri.
Below: Student Assistant Jacob Decker, who has become proficient in extracting, banding, and measuring birds, about to weigh a White-Throated Sparrow.
Below: Missouri Western professor Dr. John Rushin with a Black-throated Blue Warbler captured in Fall 2009. This species rarely ventures west of Illinois. Above: Volunteer Karen Lyman extracting a bird from a mist-net. Karen also records much of the banding data at the station.
Right: Biologist Ryan Evans, who has assisted at the MOWEST station for many years, helps Ethan at the Burroughs Audubon Library in January.
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