Students watch bird get banded

September 20, 2012 | 7:54 p.m. CDT
Dana Ripper, director of the Missouri River Bird Observatory, bands a White-breasted Nuthatch while second-graders from Russell Boulevard Elementary School watch Thursday at the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary. Bird bands feature unique serial numbers, and researchers use them to track birds as they migrate and from season to season.

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