Key School Students Assist Scientists with Bird Banding Efforts
Posted 10/08/2015 02:04PM

Students from Key School at Carolina Day, as part of the Outdoor Experiential Program (OEP), spent a day learning at the Big Bald Mountain Bird Banding Station (BBBS) near Mars Hill. BBBS is one of very few monitoring stations in the U.S. that band songbirds, raptors and owls. Nearly 2,000 songbirds are captured, banded and safely released each autumn migration at Big Bald.


The Middle School students hiked to the tops of Little and Big Bald mountains and assisted six scientists, led by longtime researcher Mark Hopey, in checking the bird collection nets. Nearly fifty songbirds were collected and data was meticulously documented. All students had the opportunity to release the songbirds back into the wild. The students were also very fortunate to find a Sharp Shinned Hawk in a raptor net.


“Volunteering at BBBS was a great experience for Carolina Day students, one that will provide inspiration for creative writing, conversations in science, and community building,” said Sandy Boyd, Key School assistant principal and dean of students.


Key School at Carolina Day provides a high-quality, specialized approach for bright, dyslexic children with language-based learning differences. Learn more about the program by attending a Key School open house from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  •    Key Lower School (Grades 1-5) - Wednesday, October 28
  •    Key Middle School (Grades 6-8) - Thursday, October 29
  •    All Key School (Grades 1-8) - Wednesday, January 13

Space is limited - to reserve a spot please call Lynne Pennington at 828-210-9158 or email

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