To support the conservation and study of birds through bird banding

2012 Meeting in Bellevue, NE

The Inland Bird Banding Association met jointly on 26-28 Oct 2012 with the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue, NE. 

The Friday evening reception included a presentation from Phil Swanson of a year's seasonal review of the birds found in the Omaha area entitled "Welcome to Omaha...It's for the birds" followed by a field trip led by Al Reyer to observe Northern Saw-whet Owl banding under the auspices of the Hitchcock Nature Center in nearby Iowa. 

Saturday activities included several half- or full-day field trips.  Saturday's afternoon paper presentations were given by Wayne Mollhoff (comparison of Nebraska's second Breeding Bird Atlas with the state's fist atlas survey of 1984-1989), Jerry Toll (report on diurnal raptor banding), Sandy Reinken (discussing Northern Saw-whet Owl banding), Rick Schmid (compared MAPS stations at Fontenelle Forest [1990-1999] and at Boyer Chute Wildlife Refuge [2001-2010] and Denise Lewis of Raptor Recovery Nebraska (talking about raptor rehabilitation and displaying several of their "educational birds").  The evening's banquet was followed by a program given by Neal Ratzlaff ("Names for birds - physicians, women and the Smithsonian" from the perspective of Spencer Baird describing the discovery and naming of Lucy's, Virginia's, Grace's and Blackburnian warblers). 

Additional filed trips were held Sunday morning.  Betty Grenon and Rick Schmid co-chaired the local committee on arrangements.

 Meeting Photos

We welcome any current IBBA members to post photos from previous meetings our gallery.  If you wish to post photos, please submit them, with accompanying captions, and copyright info (if necessary) to  Photos must illustrate good banding practices, including proper grips, as endorsed by the North American Banding Council.  Photos will be reviewed before posted.  Any photos not adhering to these standards cannot be accepted.  (We suggest getting subjects' approval before posting photos with readily-identifiable people in them.)