This piece was first published in In The Air, a column I wrote for Montana Woman Magazine. September 2017.
Of all the birds I’ve handled, robins are my least favorite.
Over the years working as a field biologist, primarily capturing live songbirds for migration and breeding studies, I’ve handled many birds. To catch birds, we set up nets, called mist nets, which the birds fly into and become caught. We then untangle them and record a bunch of measurements, such as age, sex, and weight, put a uniquely-numbered metal identification band on the bird’s leg, and release them unharmed. Continue reading