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Bands on birds to help observatory track travels of species

Research assistant Stephanie Putnam, right, prepares to weigh a white-throated sparrow Saturday while Missouri River Bird Observatory assistant director Ethan Duke watches during a backyard bird banding event at Birds-I-View in Jefferson City.

Research assistant Stephanie Putnam, right, prepares to weigh a white-throated sparrow Saturday while Missouri River Bird Observatory assistant director Ethan Duke watches during a backyard bird banding event at Birds-I-View in Jefferson City. Photo by Kris Wilson.

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Ethan Duke takes the measurements of a northern cardinal. Volunteers from the Missouri River Bird Observatory plan to return Feb. 17 to kickoff the backyard bird count.

Yeah, the weekend event was for the birds. But those watching the birds had a lot of fun and gathered some information for the Missouri River Bird Observatory.

On Saturday, area volunteers and crew from the observatory tagged birds in the Jefferson City area for observation.

Regina Garr, co-owner of Birds-i-View on Ellis Boulevard, said the crew from the Marshall observatory was looking at how long birds are staying in an area and how long those birds are living.

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Stephanie Putnam holds a slate-gray junco as Sue and A.J. Bone watch.

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