Purple Martin banding

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staffers Carol Morris-Scatta, right, and Michael Gregonis check the feathers to age a purple martin chick as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. DEEP staff banded each chick, weighed them and assessed their age before returning them to their nest. Debbie Vessels has 34 plastic martin gourds on her Colonel Ledyard Highway property and participates in the DEEP program to help rebuild the population of the threatened birds in the state. Purple martins winter in South America and return each year to the same nest.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staffers Carol Morris-Scatta, right, and Michael Gregonis check the feathers to age a purple martin chick as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. DEEP staff banded each chick, weighed them and assessed their age before returning them to their nest. Debbie Vessels has 34 plastic martin gourds on her Colonel Ledyard Highway property and participates in the DEEP program to help rebuild the population of the threatened birds in the state. Purple martins winter in South America and return each year to the same nest. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staffers Carol Morris-Scatta, right, and Michael Gregonis check the feathers to age a purple martin chick as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. DEEP staff banded each chick, weighed them and assessed their age before returning them to their nest.

Debbie Vessels has 34 plastic martin gourds on her Colonel Ledyard Highway property and participates in the DEEP program to help rebuild the population of the threatened birds in the state.

Purple martins winter in South America and return each year to the same nest.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) wildlife biologist Kelly Kubik places an identifying band on a purple martin chick as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) wildlife biologist Kelly Kubik places an identifying band on a purple martin chick as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staffer Brian Hess reads the leg band on a purple martin chick before weighing it as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staffer Brian Hess reads the leg band on a purple martin chick before weighing it as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Colony host Debbie Vessels, left, and volunteer Janet Jeffcoat pull purple martin chicks from their nest as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Colony host Debbie Vessels, left, and volunteer Janet Jeffcoat pull purple martin chicks from their nest as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Adult purple martins gather atop their colony as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Adult purple martins gather atop their colony as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staffers Carol Morris-Scatta, bottom, and Michael Gregonis check the feathers to age a purple martin chick as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staffers Carol Morris-Scatta, bottom, and Michael Gregonis check the feathers to age a purple martin chick as DEEP staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A adult purple martin carries a dragonfly back to its chicks as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
A adult purple martin carries a dragonfly back to its chicks as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Purple martin chicks peer out at the light after their nest was opened as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Purple martin chicks peer out at the light after their nest was opened as Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) staff and community volunteers gather data on the chicks of a purple martin colony in Ledyard Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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