Ecuador Andes Bird Banding Assistants
Volunteers sought to assist with a long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador,
Summer Team: August 4-17, 2019
Winter Team: December 2-15, 2019 (Includes Mindo Christmas Bird Count)
Life Net volunteer banding assistants help international scientists, Dr. Dusti Becker Kevin Shaw, and Alex Penn monitor birds at the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. The team aims to advance scientific understanding of cloud forest avian communities, including avian responses to deforestation, forest recovery, habitat loss, and climate change. Your participation contributes to maintaining this unique protected area in a biodiveristy hotspot in Ecuador.
Reserva Las Tangaras, a 50-hectare nature preserve boasts more than 30 species of hummingbirds, dozens of colorful tanagers, the largest regional Andean cock-of-the-rock display lek, and over 300 tropical bird species, many of which are Choco and Andean endemics. The reserve is also home to endangered capuchin monkeys, spectacled bear, cougar, and myriads of other wildlife species.
Volunteers set up and monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets to a banding station, and record basic ecological data in the field. Training in handling, measuring and banding is included, but previous experience is desirable. Volunteers will have time to explore the Mindo area, and the team will visit the higher-elevation Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve on the final day of the project.
Accommodation is in a large research cabin where you will have a simple bed with mosquito netting, showers, & indoor flush toilet. Meals are delicious home-style Ecuadorian prepared by experienced local cooks.
The cost-share donation of $1650 covers transportation in Ecuador, meals, and lodging during the conservation research program, reserve fees, salaries for Ecuadorian cooks and para-biologists, and all entrance fees and special lunch at Bellavista Reserve. Airfare to and from Ecuador and expenses in Quito are not included. Your cost-share donation helps to cover costs associated with hosting the volunteer team and also contributes to annual stewarship of the Las Tangaras Reserve such as educational programs about cloud forest wildlife, stipends for reserve stewards, maintainance of trails and signs, repairs, preventing damage to the local ecosystem, and feeding resident hummingbirds. Cost share donations provide around 60% of the annual funding to sustain the protected area.
The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at email@example.com for further details and an application form. Experience with mist-netting is desirable, but not required. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project.
Visit https://lastangaras.wordpress.com/who-are-we/for more details about Life Net Nature and Reserva Las Tangaras.
To apply, email a brief cover e-letter detailing your experience and interest in participating on the team to Dr. Dusti Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form.