Milford nature center holds bird banding day

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MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Milford Point Coastal Center undertook an effort to tag their population of purple martins Wednesday .

July 13th is ‘Bird-Banding Day’ for the purple martins that live in the colonies at the Coastal Center. Volunteers, Audubon Society Employees, and people from DEEP came out to tag the birds. The Center says purple martins are the only wild bird in the east that rely on dead trees or artificial nests for their homes, and are vital to our ecosystem due to their diet of pesky insects.

Coastal Center officials say purple martin populations are on the decline for unknown reasons, which is why the center plans on tagging seventy of the birds a year, an annual practice for them.

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