Would you like to see songbirds up close? On Wednesday, July 18, the MPG Ranch will host a songbird banding session in partnership with UM's Avian Science Center, Five Valleys Audubon, and Bitterroot Audubon. This field trip is part of the Avian Science Center's Bird's-Eye View education program. Banding will take place from 8 until noon along the Bitterroot River floodplain, part of the Bitterroot River Important Bird Area. Participants will learn how scientists capture and process songbirds, why healthy riparian areas are important to songbirds, and how the MPG Ranch works to improve songbird habitat. And you'll get to see many elusive songbirds up close- including species like the yellow warbler, lazuli bunting, cedar waxwing, gray catbird, and house wren. Would you like to join us? Contact me for more information!