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Bird Banding course, Amazonas, Brazil (14 - 20 Oct. 2012) App deadline 25 August

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The Population Ecology Lab at INPA (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia) are organizing a INPA-sponsored bird-banding course that will take place October 14-20, 2012. The location will be Camp 41 of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, 80 km north of downtown Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. This initiative is motivated by the growing number of bird banders in the central Amazon and by recent improvements in techniques for ageing tropical forest birds. We aim to 1) promote the best possible command of basic banding skills, species identification, sexing, and ageing of rainforest understory birds of the Guiana-shield region north of Manaus; and 2) contribute to the formation of open-minded, field-tested, professional banders that will apply their skills here or anywhere else in the world.


The course syllabus is geared towards INPA students but we welcome applicants from anywhere. Banding instructors Jared Wolfe (LSU, NABC certified trainer) and Erik Johnson (U.S. National Audubon Society) have profound knowledge of the regional avifauna and will work with a team of local and guest banders assisted by Gonçalo Ferraz. Most of the course will be taught in portuguese and english, but the content will be accessible by anyone who can communicate in english, spanish, or portuguese. Because the course is paid for with brazilian federal funds we need to charge a fee of R$300 (three hundred reais) for food, transportation, and accommodation from anyone who is not a brazilian graduate student. The course will enroll 15 students.


TO APPLY: Send a CV and short letter (in portuguese, english, or spanish) describing former banding experience and explaining why this course is relevant to you. Please send materials toecopop60@gmail.com until August 25th, 2012. We will review applications promptly and get back to you no later than Wednesday, August 29th. If you have any questions, please write toecopop60@gmail.com.


We look forward to seeing you in the field!



Jared Wolfe, MSc


PhD Student

Louisiana State University

School of Renewable Natural Resources

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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