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  • Volunteer for the study of the Crested Ibis in China

    Xuebo Xi
    • Employer: Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
      Location: Henan
      Country: China
      Last Date to Apply: 06/09/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    We are looking for volunteers for our study of the Crested Ibis. Our main objectives are to establish a profile and build a genetic lineage of the Crested Ibis; to observe and study the important behavior of the Crested Ibis such as mate choice and parental investment, and to reveal the genetic evolutionary mechanisms of important phenotypic traits in the Crested Ibis. The specific work includes two parts, field population studies, and captive population studies. The field population study focuses on 1) finding the Crested Ibis breeding nest sites and observing and recording breeding behavior; 2) monitoring the breeding status, ringing the chicks, and measuring physical indicators; and 3) assisting in setting up monitoring cameras and regularly replacing memory cards and power supplies. The artificial population research work mainly includes 1) checking to nest and recording breeding data in the breeding center; 2) artificial hatching work; 3) rearing young ibis, including making food, feeding regularly, measuring and recording the condition of growth, etc.

    By participating in this volunteer activity, you will gain a lot:

    1. observing and touching the Crested Ibis up close, learning about ibis-related knowledge from the reserve staff, and experiencing the charm of the ibis.

    2. learning relevant ecological knowledge and acquiring field bird research skills.

    3. getting close to nature and experiencing the fun of field research. The beautiful scenery and climate of the Dongzhai National Nature Reserve, which is home to more than 300 species of birds and is known as a bird paradise, will greatly enrich your bird-watching and nature observation experience.

    4. experiencing the natural beauty of China as well as its folklore and culture.



    1. Strong interest in nature and fieldwork.

    2. Be in good physical condition, conscientious, hard-working, and able to accept the living conditions in rural areas of China.

    3. Have sufficient time (at least one month) to participate in this study.

    4. A background in biology or ecology and fieldwork experience is preferred.

    5. Tree climbing skills would be an advantage.

    The study will take place from 20 February 2023 - 30 June 2023. We will cover the costs of transport, food, and accommodation for the duration of the volunteer period, but will not reimburse travel costs to and from China.

    If you are interested in our research, please send an application to xixuebo22@ioz.ac.cn, which should include a short resume or CV, the dates you will be available for the project, and the names and contact information of at least two references.

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