Last week I wrote about a bird banding event which took place at the Walker Farm right off of the shores of Caddo Lake. For your reading pleasure, here is a fantastic news article which was written by the Marshall News Messenger about this amazing expereince.
If you have not been to Caddo Lake, then you are missing a truly unique and unusual ecosystem. The area is more of a swamp then a lake and is nothing more then a collection of bayous and sloughs. This primitive wetland is protected under the Ramsar Treaty and is designated as a Wetland of International Importance. For a birder, this area is paradise! The Caddo Lake Wetlands supports one of the highest breeding populations of wood ducks, prothonotary warblers, and other birds.
Dr James Ingold, professor of Biology at LSU-Shreveport, hosts this general public event each month. The birds are captured by net, banded, and then weighed and measured. This process helps with counting the number and species of birds and in measuring the lifespan of each bird and species. So far, over 67 different species of birds have been counted at these events.
These Bird Bandings are open to the general public and occur monthly. The next bird banding is scheduled for Saturday, February 19th (weather permitting). If you are coming from out of town and need a place to stay for the monthly bird banding, then call us here at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast at 903-665-9511.