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NABC Certification Session @ BBBO (Rochester NY) October 2-4, 2015

Guest Andrea Patterson

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Guest Andrea Patterson

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (BBBO), located near Rochester NY, will be holding a North American Banding Council (NABC) certification session for landbirds on October 2-4, 2015.  Testing will be available at the bander level for up to six candidates, and at the trainer level for up to three candidates.  If space permits, candidates will also be accepted at the assistant bander level.


Those seeking bander certification are encouraged to contact an NABC trainer as early as possible to proctor the written exam portion of the certification prior to coming to BBBO; however, for those not able to do so, the exam may be taken at BBBO by prior arrangement.


Trainer candidates who have previously passed bander certification need not retake this written exam if they obtained a grade of 90 or better in the last five years.  Persons not yet bander certified may apply for both the bander and trainer candidate positions, and will be evaluated for trainer based on first passing the bander certification at this session and achieving a written exam score of 90 or better.


Applications and more information, including the Expectations for Candidates, may be obtained from the NABC website.  Applications should be submitted no later than August 28 to Andrea Patterson, 144 Greystone Lane #24, Rochester, NY 14618; phone 585-490-5361; <andrea.j.patterson-at-gmail.com>.  Please include a CV detailing past experiences banding landbirds and extracting birds from mistnets, including approximate numbers of birds handled. Accepted candidates will be notified no later than September 1.


Candidates will be responsible for the testing fee of $35/level, as well as an additional $30 for meals and expenses.  If space is available, those wishing to stay on-site may do so for an additional $15/night.  Checks or money orders should be made out to Andrea Patterson.


Please contact Andrea Patterson at <andrea.j.patterson-at-gmail.com> for more information.

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