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The Southern Sierra Research Station, Weldon, CA, will host a fall Beginner Bird Banding course. The beginner course is intended for birders and wildlife biologists and will be taught by Patti Wohner. Patti has been banding passerines and near passerines on research projects for over 18 years and will teach necessary skills for monitoring and research programs involving bird banding. The specific skills taught will include: safe operation of mist nets, methods of extraction of birds from mist nets, bird-handling skills, a primer on in-hand ageing and sexing techniques, and data scoring and recording using MAPS protocol and forms. Target netting skills may also be taught depending on interest.

Dates: September 17 - 21, 2018
The course will be taught at the height of migration in riparian forest at 3 MAPS sites in the Audubon Kern River

Preserve. Each site has 10 mistnets and ample opportunities for each student to handle many different passerines and near-passerines including warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and others.
Each day will consist of a morning practical mistnetting and banding birds, and an afternoon class session.
Cost of the course with rustic lodging including breakfast and lunch is $2000/ person.
Cost without lodging and food is $1500/ person.


A $150 non-refundable down payment is required to hold a spot in the class.
Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early! The Beginner Bird Banding Course is limited to 6 participants!


To register participants should email michelleatssrs@gmail.com. In the registration email, please include your name, address, and phone number where you can be reached. Please pay for the course using a credit card or pay pal account at: http://www.southerns...op/BirdBanding/
Alternatively, payment by check can be made payable to the Southern Sierra Research Station and mailed to the research station PO box mailing address:


Southern Sierra Research Station
P.O. Box 1316
Weldon, California 93283
phone: 760-378-3345

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