Each year during Rockport-Fulton's HummerBird Celebration a licensed hummingbird banding team busily bands the hummingbirds carefully caught in nets. Each hummer is fitted with a tiny band containing a letter and five numerals to identify it. All bird banding information is carefully recorded by the bander and the data is sent to the North American Bird Banding Laboratory where banding records are maintained. Whenever a banded bird is recaptured by another bander, the information is sent to the banding lab. The banding lab notifies the original bander of the place and date their bird was recaptured. The bander who recaptured the bird is notified where and when the bird was originally banded.
Banding Demonstration Dates & Times:
Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17 – 7:30-11am and 1:30-4:30pm
Sunday, Sept. 18 – 8am -11am
Master Bander Kelly Bryan
(Open to the Public Banding Site)
Hwy 35 north across Copano Bay causeway to Lamar. Right on Park Rd 13 at the Exxon. Travel approximately 1.2 miles to the "T" at stop sign. Left on Park Road 13 (opposite from Goose Island State Park sign). Immediately after crossing 4th Street turn left into the first driveway on the left. (White Gates) Enter driveway and drive up to house with wraparound porch. Park in gravel areas.