Spreading her wings – Newbury Park teen gives up sleep to aid in study of local birds

While many of her peers are fast asleep in their beds, Newbury Park teenager Joelle Saute has spent every other Saturday for the past five years rising before the sun to conduct environmental research… Read Carissa Thilgen’s full story on Joelle here: Spreading her wings Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute blows gently on a Wilson's warbler to expose the belly while recording data on the bird at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute blows gently on a Wilson’s warbler to expose the belly while recording data on the bird at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Netting is set up in the pre-dawn hours at the Zuma Canyon Bird Banding station on April 11.

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Netting is set up in the pre-dawn hours at the Zuma Canyon Bird Banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Allen Saute walks through heavy brush to get to the nets set up at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Allen Saute walks through heavy brush to get to the nets set up at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Joelle Saute sets up one of the 17 nets used each Saturday for catching small birds at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Joelle Saute sets up one of the 17 nets used each Saturday for catching small birds at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Clothes pin with numbers corresponding to each net are used to keep track of where the birds are caught at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Clothes pin with numbers corresponding to each net are used to keep track of where the birds are caught at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute sets up a net near the Zuma Canyon Bird Banding station in Malibu on April 11. Volunteers set up around 17 nets each Saturday to catch small birds. Each bird caught is recorded and a band is placed around their leg for tracking and then released.

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Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute sets up a net near the Zuma Canyon Bird Banding station in Malibu on April 11. Volunteers set up around 17 nets each Saturday to catch small birds. Each bird caught is recorded and a band is placed around their leg for tracking and then released.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Joelle Saute holds a common yellowthroat that was caught at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Joelle Saute holds a common yellowthroat that was caught at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute looks up info on a common yellowthroat that was caught at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute looks up info on a common yellowthroat that was caught at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Joelle Saute prepares to release a common yellowthroat at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Joelle Saute prepares to release a common yellowthroat at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute uses a scale to weigh a Wilson's warbler at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute uses a scale to weigh a Wilson’s warbler at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute prepares to release a Wilson's warbler at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute prepares to release a Wilson’s warbler at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Old film canisters are used to hold bands for birds that are collected at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Old film canisters are used to hold bands for birds that are collected at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park High Senior Joelle Saute, left, blows gently on the belly of a common yellowthroat as Walt Sakai, a biology professor at Santa Monica College, records data on the bird at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Newbury Park High Senior Joelle Saute, left, blows gently on the belly of a common yellowthroat as Walt Sakai, a biology professor at Santa Monica College, records data on the bird at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Data on each bird is collected at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Data on each bird is collected at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute inspects the wings of a Lincoln sparrow at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Newbury Park High senior Joelle Saute inspects the wings of a Lincoln sparrow at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Jim Debiase of Mar Vista uses magnifying goggles to read the band number on a common yellowthroat at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Jim Debiase of Mar Vista uses magnifying goggles to read the band number on a common yellowthroat at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Allen Saute, left, Walt Sakai and Jim Debiase wait to check the nets at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11. The nets are checked every half-hour for birds.

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Allen Saute, left, Walt Sakai and Jim Debiase wait to check the nets at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11. The nets are checked every half-hour for birds.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Allen Saute, right, and his daughter, Joelle, look up to try and identify a song bird while walking to check their nets at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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Allen Saute, right, and his daughter, Joelle, look up to try and identify a song bird while walking to check their nets at the Zuma Canyon bird banding station on April 11.

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