Bird banding at Tessentee preserve

The public is invited to the bird-banding project at Tessentee Preserve in Otto at 8 a.m. June 2. 

Participants will join Mark Hopey as he captures and bands birds for his long-term migratory bird study. Participants will be hiking a short distance to the bird banding station, so bring water, binoculars if you have them, and wear closed toe shoes. Beginning birders and children are welcome and can stay as long as they want. A carpool will be available from Highlands at the Town Hall parking lot at 7:30 a.m. 

This field trip is a follow-up to biologist Mark Hopey’s lecture about this environmentally-important project which is scheduled for Friday, June 1 at the Bascom Museum in Highlands at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 828.369.2261 or

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