As a CES Intern, Ryan Risher ‘12 worked as a spring banding intern at the Foreman’s Branch Banding Station at Chino Farms.
While there, he learned the significance of banding migratory song birds. Utilizing a technique called mist netting, he and his coworkers caught various species of birds, ID’ed them, took various measurements, and ultimately banded them before sending them on their way. “I have always had a passion for birds, mostly of the waterfowl and endangered variety. I’ve spent the past few summers working with endangered birds through the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife and know the significance for tracking their breeding seasons and migrations. This opportunity working with song birds offered a little bit different feel as to why their migratory routes are equally important.”
A 2012 graduate with a degree in Biology, Ryan was also involved with the Trap and Skeet Club, Phi Delta Theta, IFC, Tri-Beta (national Biology honor society), and was a Resident Assistant throughout his time at Washington College.