The Toucan Ridge Bird Observatory, located at the T.R.E.E.S Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize, currently has between 4-6 apprenticeship spots open for our Spring 2020 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. You will have the opportunity to work with 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: $450 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment, all meals Monday through Sunday, 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.
Dates for the Apprenticeship: March 27th through May 11th, 2020. Sessions run a minimum of two weeks but preferably the entire 6 weeks of the spring banding season.
Schedule: Banding runs every day Monday through Sunday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Other wildlife monitoring projects are run between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm (turtle radio-telemetry) and 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm (bats). 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.
Prior Experience: No prior experience required. However, experienced bird banders are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates (up to $150 US less per week).
How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and we will determine if you are eligible.