MASSENA - A science teacher from St. Lawrence Central, who also owns and operates Adirondack Raptors, has asked the town board for permission to set up a raptor banding station on town land along the Robinson Bay Road.
Mark Manske told town board members that his studies of various birds of prey have been ongoing for 30 years.
Ive been studying birds for 30 years, he said. Ive been a registered bander for 10 years.
Each fall Mr. Manske said he seeks to collect information on owls, hawks and other birds of prey from September through November, and anything that is set up on the property would be moved at the end of each season.
Its all temporary, he said.
Should Mr. Manske receive permission from the town to do so, he said that hes hoping to start banding birds on the property next year.
Town Councilman John F. Macaulay asked Mr. Manske, why he was interested in using that particular location.
They funnel in right along the river, Mr. Manske said, referring to the birds flight patterns.
Mr. Manske then explained that birds are trapped using nets. Captured birds are then weighed, measured and tagged. Should they discover an injured bird, Mr. Manske said those birds are treated for their injuries and rehabilitated before being released back into the wild.
Given that Mr. Manske wasnt looking to do anything on the property until next fall, the board asked Mr. Manske to return next year before being given final approval.
If we have issues with our birds of prey, there are usually issues with other things too, he said.
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