One of the most striking birds to be encountered in wetlands, the golden-fronted Prothonotary Warbler (PROW) captures the attention of anyone who catches a glimpse of these glittering inhabitants of forested swamps. To better understand their relationship with the marshes of northwest Ohio, BSBO has been fitting PROW with nanotag radio trackers since 2021, following their movements in spring and summer by utilizing the Motus network of automated radio telemetry towers (read more about that project HERE).
To complement that study and learn more about the dispersal of birds following the breeding season, our research team is beginning a new fall project to mark traveling PROW, and we could use your help!
Just as we've documented an increasing trend of PROW at our Navarre Marsh banding station in the spring, we've also noticed this same trend in fall. To document these birds following their departure from our banding station, we are now outfitting fall birds with a color band in addition to their federal aluminum band. It's hoped that one of these birds may be spotted during its southern migration, standing out better in binoculars and photos with a green band. But the highest chances for encounters will come next spring when these birds return to the marshes to breed, along with the thousands of birders and photographers visiting the region during spring migration.
If you happen across one of these green marked PROWs, let us know! The best documentation is with a camera, but if you spot one of our banded PROWs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date of the sighting, the location, the color combination, and a photo (preferable). While it would be great to get a photo of the federal band and its number, this isn't always possible to accomplish. But a photo with the combination of green and silver will at least let us know whether the bird was banded as an adult (green above silver) or a young of the year (silver above green).
We look forward to hearing from you soon as we try to learn more about this shimmering species.
Ryan Jacob, Ashli Gorbet, Mark Shieldcastle