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Learn about Nevada County bird monitoring

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A yellow-breasted chat gets banded as part of the Empire Mine Bird Monitoring Program. A presentation on the program will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 6 at Madelyn Helling Library.
Photo courtesy of Allison Nelson

Join Allison Nelson of Gold Country Avian Studies for a discussion on bird monitoring in Nevada County at 6:30 p.m. on June 6 in the Community Room at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Hosted by the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society, Nelson will share information on the Empire Mine Bird Monitoring Program, located at Bennett Street Grasslands, a little-known area of Empire Mine State Historic Park. She will discuss the benefits of bird banding and how this practice can track the nearly 80 different species found less than 1.5 miles from downtown Grass Valley. Nelson is the founder and director of Gold Country Avian Studies, a small nonprofit organization focusing on the research and conservation of birds in the Sierra Foothills. She received her master’s degree in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology from San Francisco State University. Nelson is a U.S.G.S. federally permitted bird bander, certified by the North American Banding Council. She currently runs the Empire Mine Bird Monitoring Program, a collaborative effort with the State Park and Bear Yuba Land Trust.

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