Mike the ringer

Filmmakers Blog, May 28, 2013

This is Mike, a ringer from South Africa. He travels to Aras Turkey to volunteer at the bird banding station during migration season. How he got there is an interesting story… One year at the Aras Bird banding station  someone banded a “Turkish” barn swallow. This same swallow was later re-trapped in South Africa.  A dialogue between the banding stations started and Mike ended up following the swallows path, travelling to Aras Turkey to volunteer at the very place where the swallow was first caught. He’s retired now, spends each spring and fall banding birds at various places in the world and by doing so, contributes enormously to bird conservation. The planet needs more Mike’s.