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Melanie Colón

Raptor field techniques workshop

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The Intermountain Bird Observatory is hosting two raptor-related workshops: an introductory field techniques workshop (September 3-7, 2018), and a North American Banding Council (NABC) certification session (September 17-21, 2018). We developed the introductory workshop for folks with little to no raptor banding experience. The workshop is well suited for students, birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification, trapping or banding. Topics we will cover include: safe handling of live raptors, introduction to banding techniques, identifying, ageing and sexing, taking measurements, properly caring for lure birds, recording accurate data, common capture techniques at migration stations (bow net, dho gaza, mist net), road trapping (Bal-chatri design and use), breeding season techniques (tree climbing, GHOW lure), a brief introduction to accessing raptor nests, and an introduction to raptor identification by flight style and shape.

The NABC workshop - The mission of the NABC is to promote sound and ethical bird-banding practices and techniques. This is a separate workshop designed for folks that already have some level of raptor trapping and banding experience. NABC offers certification at three levels: Assistant, Bander, and Trainer, depending on your level of expertise and experience.

Details of each workshop can be found at https://ibo.boisestate.edu/what-we-do/training/

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