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  1. Braddock Bay Bird Observatory has just had a cancellation in one of our spring Bander Training Classes: Session III: Sunday May 16 – Saturday May 22 The course is open to anyone interested in learning or perfecting banding skills from supportive, professional staff. Training will take place at the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station, located just northwest of Rochester, NY on the shore of Lake Ontario, during the peak of passerine migration when 100-300 bird days are not uncommon. Mornings will feature hands-on training in the field while afternoons will be devoted to lectures, demonstrations and in-depth instruction on various aspects of bird banding. General topics to be covered during each 7-day session include: netting and trapping techniques, removal of birds from mist nets, proper handling and processing of birds (including biometrics, ageing and sexing, molt terminology, skulling), use of the Pyle guide, permitting, relations with the public, and banders’ ethics. The class is suitable for beginning and novice banders, but because of the small class size we can tailor the experience to accommodate the needs of more experienced banders as well. The course has been approved by the North American Banding Council, uses training manuals produced by the NABC, and is taught by Andrea Patterson – an NABC-certified Trainer who has taught more than 175 students in small hands-on workshops at BBBO and in Belize. Participants will receive a certificate of participation from the NABC upon successful completion of the course. Both beginning and advanced banders will find the class a useful primer for eventual NABC certification. Course tuition is $600, which includes all materials. There is a $100 discount for students and early professionals (within 5 years of terminal degree) who are pursuing careers in avian ecology and who will be paying their own way. To encourage equity and inclusion in avian studies, we offer a limited number of full tuition waivers to students from groups under-represented in the field; for more information, contact Andrea Patterson. Our usual housing options are not available for this session, but reasonable AirBnB and camping options are nearby. Upon acceptance into the course, full payment is required to confirm the seat. To apply, fill out the online form. For additional information about the Banders’ Training Course please contact Andrea Patterson. COVID-19 Considerations The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to offer hands-on instruction in a safe way as it requires close contact, “over the shoulder” supervision, passing birds and tools back and forth, etc. Our spring 2021 classes will be modified in the following ways: (1) all instructors will be fully vaccinated (i.e. receiving a final dose at least two weeks before the start of class), (2) all students must be fully vaccinated, (3) class size will be limited to 4 students, (4) the BBBO field house will not be available, and (5) some lectures may be conducted virtually. We will offer exemptions to the vaccination requirement for medical reasons only. We realize that some people will not be able to attend under these conditions; we encourage you to consider our fall class.
  2. The Eastern Bird Banding Association seeks applicants for grant awards to be used toward research using banding or other avian marking techniques. From one to five grants of up to $1000 each will be awarded with priority given to research being conducted on species that spend at least part of their life cycle in any U.S. state or Canadian province included in EBBA territory. Projects that are planned for other portions of the United States, Canada, or the Western hemisphere also may be considered. Research studies with conservation or management implications are particularly encouraged. Applicants should submit a proposal that includes a clear research question, a project plan, a discussion of the ornithological significance of the study, a budget, and a CV. Detailed information on application format and content is available here; applications that do not meet the guidelines will be rejected. All applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document, with the following naming convention: Lastname_Firstname_EBBA2021. Grantees are asked to provide EBBA with an interim progress report and a final summary, and they are encouraged to present at least a part of the study at an annual EBBA meeting. Travel Grants for this purpose are available. Grantees are strongly encouraged to become members of EBBA. Send applications and/or inquiries by 28 February 2021 to: Andrea Patterson andrea.j.patterson-AT-gmail.com EBBA Research Grants – Application Guidelines 2021.pdf
  3. Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is pleased to offer an advanced class aimed at preparing banders who are currently involved with or who are considering opening MAPS stations, or who might otherwise benefit from instruction in collecting the types of data suggested by the MAPS program. The course will run from the evening of Wednesday May 20 through the morning of Sunday May 24, 2020. Mornings will feature hands-on training in the field at the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station located just northwest of Rochester, NY on the shore of Lake Ontario. Students will primarily focus on processing birds at the banding table using MAPS datasheets and protocols. There will be some opportunity for interested students to work on best-practice extraction techniques as well, but our primary aim is to promote accurate aging, sexing, and scoring across a variety of measurement categories. Afternoons will be devoted to lectures, demonstrations and in-depth instruction on various aspects of MAPS banding, including: Aging birds, especially by molt, plumage characteristics, and skull Passerine and near-passerine molt sequences and strategies, using both the the traditional Humphrey-Parkes-Howell age classification system and the newer Wolfe-Ryder-Pyle cycle-based age classification system Discussions of all aspects of the MAPS datasheet, including accurately coding feather tracts as to their plumage generation; locating molt limits; recognizing and scoring cloacal protuberances and brood patches; assessing body molt, flight feather molt, and flight feather wear; and quantifying the extent of skull development An introduction to the overall MAPS protocol and requirements The course has been approved by the North American Banding Council, uses training manuals produced by the NABC, and is taught by Andrea Patterson – an NABC-certified Trainer who has taught more than 175 students in small hands-on workshops at BBBO and in Belize. Participants will receive a certificate of participation from the NABC upon successful completion of the course. The five-day course is timed to coincide with the peak of spring migration. As this is an advanced workshop, we ask that participants have prior mist-netting and banding/processing experience of at least 200 birds. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Course tuition is $300, which includes all materials and the opening night’s dinner. There is a $50 discount for students and early professionals pursuing careers in avian ecology. Course participants can elect to be housed at the BBBO field house for an additional fee of $100. Because space in this course is limited, priority will be given to those with the opportunity to use these skills either in their work or as volunteers. Upon acceptance into the course, a $100 deposit is required to confirm the seat; full payment is due on or before April 15. Tuition and housing are refundable minus a $25 administrative fee if the participant cancels prior to the final payment deadline. To apply, fill out the online form. For additional information about the MAPS Prep Workshop please contact Andrea Patterson.
  4. The Eastern Bird Banding Association seeks applicants for grant awards to be used toward research using banding or other avian marking techniques. From one to five grants of up to $1000 each will be awarded with priority given to research being conducted on species that spend at least part of their life cycle in any U.S. state or Canadian province included in EBBA territory. Projects that are planned for other portions of the United States, Canada, or the Western hemisphere also may be considered. Research studies with conservation or management implications are particularly encouraged. Applicants should submit a proposal that includes a clear research question, a project plan, a discussion of the ornithological significance of the study, a budget, and a CV. Detailed information on application format and content is available here; applications that do not meet the guidelines will be rejected. All applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document, with the following naming convention: Lastname_Firstname_EBBA2020. Grantees are asked to provide EBBA with an interim progress report and a final summary, and they are encouraged to present at least a part of the study at an annual EBBA meeting. Travel Grants for this purpose are available. Grantees are strongly encouraged to become members of EBBA. Send applications and/or inquiries by 15 February 2020 to: Andrea Patterson andrea.j.patterson-AT-gmail.com EBBA Research Grants.pdf
  5. Whether delicate or robust, mist nets strung across the landscape afford scientists the opportunity to conduct investigations that can only be done in the hand. But working with mist nets isn’t the only net work that banders do . . . Networks of researchers collaborate to collect data and draw conclusions that far surpass the scope of a single bander working in isolation. Networks of banders connected through organizations like EBBA unite, support and educate both novice and experienced practitioners. Social and business networks connect bird observatories to the broader community. Join us for the 96th meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association as we celebrate networks of all kinds. Submissions are being solicited for both the oral paper session and the poster session. We are especially interested in papers that reflect some aspect of this year’s theme, and we welcome papers that involve research done by collaborative projects such as the MAPS or the SHARP programs, or the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. We also welcome presentations highlighting the relevance of interpersonal networks, social media networks, and business networks to the banding community. Presentations on other topics will be considered as well. Presentations may reflect original research, summarize existing information, address the use of banding as a tool in avian research and monitoring, present improvements and innovations in banding, or explore novel ways of using banding to teach and communicate science to the public. The scientific session will be held on 13 April (Saturday), and offers an opportunity to connect with a community of avian researchers and banders from the eastern United States and Canada. Please submit abstracts electronically to Andrea Patterson at <andrea.j.patterson AT gmail.com>. EBBA Presentation Announcement 2019.pdf
  6. Mist nets are an integral tool for capturing birds from almost every taxa including hummingbirds, passerines, raptors, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Whether delicate or robust, nets strung across the landscape afford researchers the opportunity to conduct investigations that can only be done in the hand. But . . . working with mist nets isn’t the only net work that we do. Networks of researchers collaborate to collect data and draw conclusions that far surpass the scope of a single bander working in isolation. Programs like MAPS, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Project Owlnet, and the Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program all use the power of a network to track trends even across the hemisphere, and the insights they reveal can be staggering. Networks of banders connected through organizations like the Eastern Bird Banding Association and the North American Banding Council unite, support and educate both novice and experienced practitioners, leading to an ever more competent, ethical, and safe pool of researchers. Social and business networks connect bird observatories to the broader community, enabling banders to bring their knowledge and love of all things avian to the general public. Whether we’re watching a wide grin crack the face of a child “helping” to release a bird, or marveling that a facebook post about a foreign recapture is “liked” several thousand times, we hope that we’re changing the way the rest of the world views birds. Join us for the 96th meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association, as our network meets on the south shore of Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY on April 12-14, 2019 for a program filled with workshops, demonstrations, papers, field trips, and – of course – our famous bucket raffle. We hope to see you there!
  7. The Eastern Bird Banding Association seeks applicants for grant awards to be used toward research using banding or other avian marking techniques. From one to five grants of up to $1000 each will be awarded with priority given to research being conducted on species that spend at least part of their life cycle in any U.S. state or Canadian province included in EBBA territory. Projects that are planned for other portions of the United States, Canada, or the Western hemisphere also may be considered. Research studies with conservation or management implications are particularly encouraged. Applicants should submit a resume of their banding and ornithological background, the project plan including the significance of the study and a budget. No formal application forms are necessary, but we ask that all applications be submitted electronically. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document, with the following naming convention: Lastname_Firstname_EBBA2019. Grant requests must be received by 15 March, and award announcements will be made no later than April 30. Grantees are strongly encouraged to become members of EBBA, and are asked to submit a summary of their work at the end of the year, or present at least part of their study at the annual EBBA meeting. Travel grants for this purpose are available. Send applications and/or inquiries by 15 March 2019 to: Andrea Patterson andrea.j.patterson-AT-gmail.com EBBA Grant Announcement 2019.pdf
  8. This year, the Eastern Bird Banding Association will have its annual meeting on the stunning Schoodic Penninsula in Maine from 22-24 June. We hope you will join us for some great workshops and research talks, our fantastic bucket raffle, and - of course - puffins! We are soliciting abstracts for the poster and paper sessions, which will be held on Saturday 23 June. Presentations can reflect original research, summarize existing information, address the use of banding as a tool in avian research and monitoring, present improvements and innovations in banding, or explore novel ways of using banding to teach and communicate science to the public. We especially encourage abstracts addressing research in which banding was an essential component, but will consider submissions from a broader spectrum of research as well. Please submit poster abstracts electronically to Andrea Patterson <andrea.j.patterson@gmail.com>, and paper abstracts electronically to Lisa Kiziuk <lkr@wctrust.org>. For additional information about the 2018 meeting, check our our website <http://www.easternbirdbanding.org/2018-ebba-meeting/>. -- Andrea Patterson Director, Braddock Bay Bird Observatory 144 Greystone Lane #24 Rochester, NY 14618 Tel. - (585) 490-5361 andrea.j.patterson@gmail.com EBBA Call for Presentations 2018.pdf
  9. A new meeting has been added to the =1']Ornithology Meetings database. Meeting Description: The 94th annual meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association will be held April 8-10, 2016 in Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia. Our theme is "Birding with a purpose: banding to further conservation" and our keynote speaker will be renowned naturalist, writer and bird bander Scott Weidensaul. For over 100 years bird banding has helped society better understand the natural history of birds. This knowledge was translated into an improved ability to conserve bird populations, from harvested species, through uncommon non-game birds, to threatened and endangered species. Bird conservation challenges will continue and grow during the coming years. Bird banding continues to be an essential tool for wildlife conservation as our world changes in response to the stresses human populations place on the Earth. The theme for the 2016 annual meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association will focus on current applications of bird banding to bird conservation efforts in the early decades of the 21st century. Paper proposals should be sent to Maren Gimpel <Mgimpel2-at-washcoll.edu> by March 1, 2016. Speakers will be notified of acceptance by March 6th. Presenters have their registration fee waived and Saturday's lunch provided. Members and non-members are invited to attend. Please see our meeting website for more details. Meeting Website: http://www.easternbirdbanding.org/2016-ebba-meeting/ Click here to view the meeting
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