For the Love of Birds

On the morning before Halloween, the hedgerows and meadows of Rushton were teeming with migratory birds that had descended on the preserve in the pre-dawn chill.  Banders skillfully processed a rush of 60 birds in just the first two hours of opening; the sun was high by the time Alison and I finally had the…

How You Like Me Now? Crowds Get Heavy at Rushton

This week of banding was a whirlwind of feathers, fanatics, and fog.  It began with our bi-annual Open House last Saturday, which brought over 80 visitors to the preserve including our old friend, the sun.  The crowd was an exuberant mix of children in our Rushton Nature Keepers club, students from University of Pennsylvania, and…