Songbird Banding Project
Due to Covid, please check back to see if the public is allowed to participage in banding.
Spring and fall songbird banding activities take place at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Jones Preserve located at the end of Monaghan Road (past Camp Patmos). The banding station is behind the gate to Long Point. This is a restricted preserve, so visitors must stay with a banding staff member at all times. Since there is limited area behind the gate, parking is for staff only, Also, there is private property beyond the preserve, so please be respectful of vehicles driving through and keep the drive clear. Parking is available about 100 yards before the gate and marked. Please park there and walk to the station. No pets around the nets, please.
Coordinates: 41.6167 N 082.6800 W
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Jones Preserve
(at the end of Monaghan Road behind gate)
Owl banding begins around the 15th of October and continues nightly until November 22 (weather permitting). There are three banding locations for owl capture but all owl banding is done at the Scheele Preserve on Monaghan Road just north of Airline Road. Please do not park directly across the road as this is private property. There is marked parking to the south of the Scheele Preserve on both sides of the road.
H. Thomas Bartlett (Federal Permit # 21624)
1833 South Winfield Drive
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
567-278-2300 or 419-937-6255
Bird Banding Schedule
Location and information on the Kelleys Island Preservers can be found HERE
Songbird banding begins ½ hour before sunrise and usually ends mid-afternoon. It is at the CMNH’s Jones Preserve (end of Monaghan Road). Owl banding begins just after sunset at the Scheele Preserve (on Monaghan Road)
May 16-21 and May 23-27 (weather permitting)
June Nest Box banding – TBD
July Purple Martin colony banding – TBD
May 21- Nest with the Birds–Songbirds at Jones Preserve (weather permitting)
September 18-22 Feathers and Foliage–Songbirds at Jones Preserve (weather permitting) 7:00 AM – 2:00ish
September 23 Banding 7:00 AM to Noon
October 14-November 16 (weather permitting) Songbirds at the Jones Preserve 6:00 AM to 2:00ish
October 13- November 22 Owls at the Scheele Preserve Sunset to 10:00 PM
November 4-6, Kelleys Island 10th Annual Owl Festival
December 17-19 Owl Banding Sunset to 10 PM
December 18 Lake Erie Island Christmas Bird Count
Kelleys Island Banding Totals 1996-2021
Click HERE to download the total birds banded on Kelleys Island
Highlights of 2021 Bird Banding Season
2021 marked the 26th year of the bird/banding avian research project on Kelleys Island conducted by Tom and Paula Bartlett, and with the continued pandemic, followed similar rules to 2020 however with a little more public involvement. The Bartletts, along with their assistants, banded almost 3029 individual birds from 84 species in 2020. In the fall owl banding sessions, 122 Northern Saw-whet Owls and 3 Eastern Screech Owls were banded. For the 2021 banding year, no new species were added to the island’s list. Uncommonly banded birds included five Red-bellied Woodpeckers, two White-eyed Vireo, three Fox Sparrow, a Northern Waterthrush, four Orange-crowned Warbler, three Connecticut Warblers, and three Rose-breasted Grosbeak. On October 22, Tom banded a Northern Saw-whet Owl at the Scheele Preserve, his 100,000th bird banded since he began banding birds in 1971. Then on November 3rd, they banded their 1000th Northern Saw-whet Owl on the island. To date, 23,704 birds of 122 species have been banded by the team on Kelleys Island.
We ask members and visitors to respect and follow the protocols for visitors to the stations in 2021, as they become known. We know that the banding station will be open to visitors in 2022 but with some restrictions. Check the KIAC website, our Facebook page, or Tom’s personal FB page at “KI Birder” for the latest information as the year progresses. The KIAC would like to express our deep appreciation for the tireless efforts of Tom and Paula Bartlett over these many years. They are truly an “Island Treasure”!
At banding, see the migrating, neo-tropical songbirds and owls up close and personal.
Meet at the Jones Preserve, Long Point, the north end of Monagan Road for songbirds and Scheele Preserve on Monaghan Road for owls.
Bird Banding 2021 Full Report
To download the full 37 page report, click the 2021 Banding Report.