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Advanced Ornithological Techniques, a Course for Ornithologists from Latin America

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19th – 26th August 2019
Powdermill Nature Reserve

Powdermill Nature Reserve is pleased to announce that we will be holding an Advanced Ornithological Techniques Course for Latin Americans the 19th – 26th of August. Topics include best banding practices, ageing birds via molt limits, Motus Wildlife Tracking systems, molecular identification of diet and gut microflora, ecological impacts of frugivorous birds, bioacoustics, and utility of museum specimens for ecological research. Most of the course will be in English with Spanish-speaking instructors participating throughout its duration. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. Participants will gain hands on experience ageing birds, applying nanotags, and assembling automated receiving (i.e., Motus) stations. This course is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. A full syllabus of the course can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yynmtbc7

Powdermill Nature Reserve (PNR), the field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, is located in the beautiful mountains of Western Pennsylvania near the town of Rector. The course is grant-funded, free to Latin Americans, and includes $500 USD to defray travel expenses. Food and housing will be provided throughout the entirety of the course. Participants are expected to arrange their own flights to and from the Pittsburgh International Airport for arrival on August 19th and departure on August 27th.  Transportation to and from the airport will be provided.

Two internships are available for participants interested in receiving additional training and preparation for a NABC Certification session to be held October 4th - 6th. Housing and a living stipend will be provided August 27th through October 6th.

Participants will be accepted by application only.  To apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest explaining how you will use this course to further your ornithological research to   LindsayA@carnegiemnh.org by the 3rd June 2019.  

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