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  • Last Mountain Bird Observatory - Banding Intern

    • Employer: Nature Saskatchewan
      Location: Last Mountain Regional Park, Saskatchewan
      Country: Canada
      Last Date to Apply: 08/14/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, WE ARE UNABLE TO COMMIT TO INTERNSHIPS AT THIS TIME. WHILE WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS, WE ARE FOLLOWING THE SASKATCHEWAN HEALTH DIRECTIVES SO PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES. Last Mountain Bird Observatory (LMBO) is the only monitoring station in the province and, in 1992, joined the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. LMBO began in the fall of 1989 with a modest banding program, and since 1990 has undertaken intensive landbird migration monitoring. Information gathered provides us with insights into population trends, longevity and movements of birds. On average, 3400 birds of 76 species are banded annually, and since 1990 LMBO has banded 70,000 birds of 115 species. The total number of birds moving through the area is much higher since banding occurs in only a small section. The five most abundant species banded are: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow, Alder Flycatcher, and Least Flycatcher. The majority of the migrating songbirds are neotropical migrants (birds breeding in northern latitudes of the Americas and wintering in the tropics).

    Position: 2 one-month internship positions (May or September) – Intern will receive an honorarium, free camping space and be reimbursed for food costs.

    Tasks and responsibilities: The individual will assist with migration monitoring and banding activities at our Last Mountain Bird Observatory (LMBO) in May or September. Activities include daily bird censuses, checking and removing birds from mist nests, recording banding data, and providing interpretation to visitors. The Bander-in-charge (BIC) will provide on the job training; such training may include (but not be limited to) extracting birds from mist nets, bird handling, banding, in hand species identification and ageing/sexing. Other duties expected from intern include scribing data for the BIC, opening and closing mist nets, collecting bird observations and interacting with members of the public who visit the observatory.

    Qualifications:  Moderate to good bird recognition skills, and some bird banding and field experience. Applicants should hold a valid driver’s license and be willing work flexible hours at times. First Aid/CPR certification is an asset. Preference will be given to those that have previous banding experience with passerines (1000+ birds).

    We prefer to receive applications by email. Email a cover letter and resume, with preference of May or September, in one pdf. to Rebecca Magnus at rmagnus@naturesask.ca. Include in the subject line “LMBO intern position” and your name.

    Nature Saskatchewan is a non-government charitable organization that promotes the appreciation and understanding of our natural environment through conservation, education and research.

    Visit us online at www.naturesask.ca

    Edited by RMagnus

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