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Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds: 2-week intensive course, Front Royal, VA

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The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (http://SMconservation.gmu.edu) in Front Royal, VA, USA is excited to open enrollment for its intensive two-week course: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds.




Are you 1) A wildlife professional looking to expand your research skills to include migratory birds, 2) A recent college graduate looking to obtain professional skills to help you get into grad school or begin a career in natural resources and conservation, or 3) Beginning a graduate degree studying birds, but lack field and lab experience needed for your thesis/dissertation?




If so, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) has a solution for you.  We are excited to offer for the second time this intensive two-week course in Front Royal, VA, USA designed to teach conservation professionals, field scientists and graduate students the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods, data analysis and applied conservation strategies. Field sessions will involve training in avian sampling techniques including: daily mist-netting sessions, banding, aging and sexing, tissue sampling, radio-tracking and point-transect distance sampling. Full modules will focus on analysis of mark-recapture data in rmark, and distance sampling analysis using program DISTANCE. R packages used in the analysis of isotope, geolocator, and standard telemetry data will also be demonstrated. Lecture topics will include: migratory connectivity, seasonal interactions, radar ornithology, life-cycle analyses, overwinter ecology, applied genetics, threats to migration, and applied conservation strategies. Finally, participants will learn to prepare museum study skins of bird specimens. SCBI scientists will lead the course, and guest lecturers from local hot spots of migratory bird work will provide students a glimpse into exciting, ongoing research and conservation efforts.




The course takes place from September 14-25, 2015 and the deadline to apply is July 6, 2015. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the United States Forest Service International Programs are offering partial and full scholarships  on a competitive basis to applicants from the Caribbean and Latin America.  Additional partial scholarships may be available from SMSC, so eligible applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply for scholarship support if needed. Full scholarships, when offered, will cover tuition and travel costs. For information on course fees, scholarship opportunities and contact information, please visit:




Participants earn Continuing Education Units; graduate course credit (3) is available for qualified applicants through George Mason University at an additional fee. See the course’s page on our website for prerequisites.


Peter P Marra Ph.D. | 
Migratory Bird Center 
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park
PO Box 37012 MRC 5503, Washington, DC 20013-7012
(Fed-Ex and UPS deliveries: 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008)
T 202-633-1594| F 202-673-0040 | Email marrap@si.edu
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