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.
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