Citizen Science

Keyhole Bird Banding

A Citizen Science Opportunity at Keyhole State Park
Come To Keyhole State Park Banding! Photo: Dusty Downey
Citizen Science

Keyhole Bird Banding

A Citizen Science Opportunity at Keyhole State Park

Keyhole  contact: Jacelyn Downey (307) 756-3941

KEYHOLE MAPS STATION DATES:

6/8, 6/17, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/27, 8/5 

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General Information: The banding station is located by the Keyhole Reservoir Dam. There is a restroom and a picnic table at the station, but that is about it. We provide snacks, water, and coffee. Basically, the way the station works is by putting up ten fine-mesh nets. Every 30-45 minutes we check the nets for birds. If there is a bird in the net, we carefully remove them, place them in a bag and return to a central location where we process the birds. Processing involves taking wing lengths, identifying the type of bird, its sex and possibly age them. Each bird is fitted with a unique band and then released. Data is sent to several agencies that monitor the data for health and viability of the species. We band once per ten day period, starting at about 5:30 am and finishing at noon or when it gets too hot, cold, or windy.

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Directions: You can get to Keyhole State Park by taking exit 165 from I-90, then head north on Pine Ridge Road, following the signs to the park. If you are coming via 14, you turn onto 113 past the Pine Haven turn off and again follow the signs toward the park. You'll continue driving north past the main entrance/headquarters of the park (don't turn into the park there) heading towards the Cottonwood/Rocky Point Campground turn off (it will be where the road turns to dirt). You'll turn left there and then continue past the fee booth. Stay to the right and go straight down the road until the road ends at a gate.  The gate will be shut but not locked, open it and go through. Please close the gate behind you. Follow the dirt road past an old spillway and down the dirt road until you see Little Keyhole and where the road ends at the Belle Fourche. You'll see us there under a big cottonwood tree. You don't want to veer off to the Cottonwood campground or Rocky Point campground. If you are still unsure, please feel free to call me. For more information on Keyhole go to: http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Parks/Keyhole/index.asp

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