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Ecuador Andes Bird Banding Volunteer
Volunteers sought to assist with a long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador, June 17-30, 2018.
Life Net banding assistants help with mist-netting of birds at several banding stations and help conduct bird surveys at the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. The goal is to advance scientific understanding of cloud forest avian communities, including avian responses to deforestation and climate change.
Reserva Las Tangaras boasts more than 25 species of hummingbirds, the largest regional Andean cock-of-the-rock display lek, and over 300 bird species, many which are Choco and Andean endemics.
Volunteers set up and monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets to a banding station, and record basic ecological data in the field. Training in handling, measuring and banding is included, but some previous experience is desirable. Volunteers will have some half-days to explore the Mindo area, and we will make a birding visit to higher-elevation Bellavista Reserve at the end of the monitoring project.
Accommodation is in the loft of a large research cabin (bed with mosquito netting, hot showers, indoor flush toilet). Meals are home-style Ecuadorian prepared by local cooks.
The cost-share donation of $1650 covers transportation in Ecuador, meals, and lodging during the conservation research program, reserve fees, salaries for Ecuadorian cooks and para-biologists, and entrance and lunch at Bellavista Reserve on the final day of the project. Airfare to and from Ecuador and expenses in Quito are not included. The cost-share donation helps to cover costs associated with hosting the volunteer team and contributes to annual expenses at the Las Tangaras Reserve such as providing educational programs about cloud forest wildlife, providing a stipend to volunteer stewards, maintaining trails and signs, making repairs, and preventing damage to the local ecosystem.
The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at email@example.com for further details. Experience with mist-netting is desirable, but not required. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project. Visit https://lastangaras..../who-are-we/for more details about Life Net Nature and Reserva Las Tangaras.
To apply, email a brief cover e-letter detailing your experience and interest in participating on the team to Dr. Dusti Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form.