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Birding Walk with Anthony Squitieri from Wild Bird Research Group


ONSITE | SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M. 




Join Anthony for a bird banding demonstration and slow walk through the Arboretum’s Native Azalea Collection. Since 2018, Anthony has been conducting research in the Native Azalea Collection on neotropical migratory birds. Participants will learn about the important role that natural plant communities (like those stewarded in the Native Azalea Collection’s landscape!) play in supporting an abundance and diversity of bird species. Participants will have the opportunity to identify bird species, by sight and by song, and will learn about the methods and findings of Anthony’s research. Mist nets will be set up in the landscape and, if we’re lucky, participants might even have the opportunity to see wild birds up close and get hands-on experience helping with their release! 
Anthony Squitieri is an Asheville-based ornithologist and ecologist serving as Wild Bird Research Group’s Regional Coordinator of the Southern Appalachians and station manager for The North Carolina Arboretum banding station. Anthony has spent the past ten years working in Costa Rica, Panama, and North Carolina operating bird banding stations and serving as a station manager and is passionate about international avian conservation. In North Carolina, he has become particularly interested in migratory birds that breed in unique mountain habitats and studies relic populations of birds that are disjunct from the rest of their U.S. range.
Notes for Participants: 
Participants should be prepared to walk over uneven terrain and spend 1 hour in the field. Participants will meet at the entrance bridge to the Native Azalea Collection at 8:30am. Accessing the Native Azalea Collection requires a 1 or 1.5 mile walk over unpaved roads and trails from either the Arboretum’s Gatehouse or Baker Center parking areas.  
The Native Azalea Collection will have porta-johns available, but has no access to a potable water source or indoor facilities. Participants are advised to pack with them: water, snacks as desired, bugspray, a raincoat, a notebook, binoculars, guidebooks, and cameras. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes, appropriate for the weather. 

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