In 2011, Biodiversity Research Institute began a wildlife monitoring effort at River Point Conservation Area with the primary goal of establishing a migratory bird monitoring station. In collaboration with the Town of Falmouth, BRI biologists set up mist nets to capture birds, which are then banded for tracking purposes and released unharmed. Biologists make several measurements, such as weight and size, to assess the overall condition of the birds. In just a few years, researchers have banded thousands of songbirds, trained handfuls of interns, developed strong collaborations, and shared their work with over a thousand students and community members.
1 August, 2017: Stella Walsh, a long-term volunteer at River Point Bird Observatory, passed away last week. Stella was a dedicated researcher who willingly shared her time and expertise with interns, bird banders, and birding enthusiasts throughout the state. Stella’s contributions were instrumental in allowing River Point to become a long-term research and monitoring station in southern Maine, and we will miss her presence dearly in the River Point barn. Thank you, Stella, for everything you’ve given us over the past six years. Migration seasons won’t be the same without you.
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