In Winnebago County in northern Illinois, we are lucky to have a state-of-the-art bird banding facility. Located within Colored Sands Forest Preserve, the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory (SBBO) provides scientific studies on bird migration, aging, and more and is open to the public for observation.
There are banding facilities located across the country and they provide one of the finest ways to learn about birds. Not only do you get closeup views of birds that are often difficult to see in the field, but you are rewarded with expert information about these birds. The data that is collected from bird banding helps provide helpful information about birds that can be used for bird conservation efforts.
By going bird banding you can improve your birding and by supporting bird banding efforts, you help with bird conservation. Plus, it is a great way to meet other birders!