Under the direction of Thorne’s founder, Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II, Thorne Nature Experience has run a bird banding program since 1954. The majority of Thorne’s bird banding activities are carried out during Thorne’s Summer Camp and Thorne’s new Bird Banding Apprenticeship Program where youth are engaged in the hands-on science of banding birds. 


Each year, Oak and Thorne students band more than 1,000 birds, as part of ongoing scientific research conducted by the USGS North American Bird Banding Laboratory. Data attained through banding birds is helpful in understanding bird populations and migration patterns.  Thorne maintains two bird banding stations at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center, and also conducts bird banding activities on public and private land throughout Boulder County and the intermountain West.  


2023 will be our final summer running the Birds & Bird Banding camp with Thorne’s Founder and Master Bird Bander, Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II for youth ages 12 to 15.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Birds & Bird Banding camp including dates, times, and locations.

CLICK HERE to register. Registration opens 1/27/23 at 9:30 am.  


The new Bird Banding Apprenticeship Program will be held during the school year. More details about this program coming soon!

Email if you are interested in receiving notification when we have more information about this program.



“The instructors are knowledgeable and fun to be around. I always look forward to another great afternoon of bird banding!”

– Alex Posen, Bird Banding Student