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Volunteers Assisted with Grassland Bird Banding Captures This Winter

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In the Marfa grasslands of Far West Texas, volunteers contributed over 1,600 hours toward grassland bird captures this winter. We had volunteers from all over Texas, and 15 volunteers from Chihuahua, Mexico!

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Species caught included sparrows (Baird’s (pictured above), grasshopper, Cassin’s, Savannah, and Brewer’s) and Eastern meadowlark.

One of the most exciting captures was a Sprague’s pipit (pictured above), which is a Species of Conservation Concern due to declining habitats across North America.

We had volunteers from all over Texas, and 15 volunteers from Chihuahua, Mexico!

Many thanks to our funders and partners, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Shield-Ayres Foundation, Dixon Water Foundation, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and Audubon Texas.

Photos by Alejandro Chávez Treviño and Sarah Saenz