Bandelier National Monument offers bird banding tours to the public – Los Alamos Reporter



Do you wake up in the summer to an American robin singing it’s a beautiful, but sometimes annoying song, outside your bedroom window? Do you hang a hummingbird feeder in your garden to attract these colorful hovering artists? If you interact with birds in any way, you might want to know how our feathered friends are doing in the world. For nearly two decades, Bandelier National Monumenta has participated in a multinational program whose goal is to determine the answer to this same question.

Now we invite the public to see the work in progress as we ring the birds to learn more about them, their migration and their health. Bandelier will begin offering ranger-led tours to our fall bird banding site just in time for the start of the fall migration. The birds are on the move, stocking up on food and energy before heading south for the winter. Bandelier’s location along the southern end of the Rocky Mountains means it is a major flyway for birds along their migratory routes, and the rich habitat within the park makes Bandelier an ideal site for studying birds.

Bandelier researchers have been collecting data on migratory birds for 18 years and are excited to share the project with the general public. Meet a ranger at the Alamo Boundary Trailhead for the chance to tour the Bird Banding Station, learn about the ongoing research at Bandelier, and maybe even meet a bird in person. The site is also a great place to see the fall colors and hear the elk roar.

Friday, August 13 – 7:30 a.m.
Friday, August 27 – 7:30 a.m.
Friday, September 10 – 7:30 a.m.
Friday, September 24 – 7:30 a.m.
Friday, October 8 – 8 a.m.

Times are subject to change due to weather conditions. Call the Visitor Center at (505) 672-3861 x 0 for details.

Entrance fees to the park are $ 25 per private vehicle, $ 20 per motorcycle or $ 15 per bicycle / individual. All entry passes are valid for 7 days. Camping fees are not included in the entrance fees. America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes are accepted for entry fees. The full line of America the Beautiful Passes – National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands as well as Bandelier Annual Passes are available for purchase at the Visitor Center. For more information on pass types and prices visit:

Bandelier National Monument is open daily from sunrise to sunset. The park visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park store operated by the Western National Parks Association is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The café is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information on Bandelier visit, call the Visitor Center, 505-672-3861, ext. 0. Like us on Facebook BandelierNPS, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BandelierNPS.

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