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Spring banding internship and NABC Workshop in Belize


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Session 1: Feb. 28th - March 18th, 2022

NABC: March 19th-27th 2022 (Workshop 18-24th; Certification 25th-27th)

Session 2: March 28th - May 5th) (Potential - depending on attendee sign-up)

 

The Toucan Ridge Bird Observatory, located at the T.R.E.E.S Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize, currently has a few spaces left for our Spring 2022 Bird Banding Apprenticeship Program. During this Apprenticeship you will learn how to set-up mist-nets, extract passerine birds from mist-nets, learn proper bird banding techniques, learn how to I.D., age and sex resident birds as well as Neotropical migrants, learn proper data entry, and more. In addition to the field work the Apprenticeship comes with 2 lectures on bird banding methodology as well as a lecture on Ageing and Sexing and hours of training. The main banding instructor is a North American Banding Council certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field. You will also have the opportunity to work with other experienced banders and other apprentices from around the world. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn additional avian monitoring techniques, as well as methodologies to study other wildlife species, including turtle radio-telemetry and bat mist-netting. 

 

Fees for the Apprenticeship: $379 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment, all food (a combination of self-catering in communal kitchen with ingredients provided as well as prepared meals) and lodging at the research center in shared dormitory-style cabins with other same sex interns/apprentices/volunteers. Fees do not include airport transfer, flights, or travel medical insurance.  

 

Schedule: Banding runs every weekday Monday through Friday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Apprentices are welcome to travel to visit other locations in Belize on weekends if they desire, however no refunds on food and lodging will be available if the apprentice decides to leave the station.  

 

Prior Experience: No prior banding experience required however experience handling wildlife and knowledge of bird biology and identification is an asset. However, experienced bird banders are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates.  

The internship session will be followed by an NABC banding workshop and Certification session March 19th-27th 2022 (Workshop 18-24th; Certification 25th-27th). 25% discount for the workshop to attendees that have registered for the length of the internship.

How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at info@ecorana.ca 

and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website: www.treesociety.org  

*To apply for discounted rates, please fill out an NABC certification application at http://www.nabanding.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Application-Assistant-and-Bander-200609102.pdf and send to info@ecorana.ca and we will determine if you are eligible. 

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