More To The Story: The bird mural

Dave finds out why they are painting birds on the outside of a building at Reflection Riding

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – It’s an old building with a new look. The bright mural on the side of the Motus Tracking Station at the Reflection Riding Nature Center was unveiled just days ago.

The tracking station itself has been here for awhile now. In a nutshell, the station tracks birds.

Bird banding has been around since the 1800’s. As we try and figure out where birds go. And when.

MARK MCKNIGHT, CEO / PRESIDENT;
“Back before, they had all kinds of crazy theories. They thought maybe the birds burrowed in the ground, or hibernated all winter long. Over time, they’ve learned that birds can fly thousands of miles. This is cutting edge stuff. Tracking in real time. Seeing what’s going on with bird migration.”

The mural was designed to spiff up the old building. As well as draw attention to the outside of the building. And what it actually represents.

“The idea is that this mural will make you ask ‘what is that?’ You’ll then come over and read the signs, and then learn more about what we’re doing here.”

Even with all of the bird technology, and a brand new mural to boot, we still have a lot more to learn about birds.

“We still don’t know that much about bird migration. We know more than we did. But there are still a lot of unsolved mysteries.”

Money for the mural was paid for locally. And the artists were local as well.

The folks at the nature center hope it will draw more people into the intriguing world of bird migration!

Dave Staley, News 12 Now

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