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  1. The North American Banding Council (NABC) will be holding a Certification Session for passerines on October 4-6, 2019 at Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC) in Rector, Pennsylvania. Testing will be available at the assistant, bander, and trainer levels. Applicants must pass written and field exams to be NABC-certified. Candidates are encouraged to contact an NABC trainer as early as possible to proctor the written exam portion of the certification before to coming to PARC; however, for those not able to do so, the exam may be taken at PARC by prior arrangement. Trainer candidates who have previously passed bander certification need not retake the written exam if they obtained a grade of 90 or better in the last five years. Applications and information, including the Expectations for Bander-level Candidates, may be obtained from the NABC website at http://www.nabanding.net/certification-process/. Applications should be submitted no later than September 10 to Annie Lindsay Powdermill Avian Research Center 1795 Route 381 Rector, PA 15677 Phone 724-593-7521 LindsayA@carnegiemnh.org To apply, please include the following: 1) your complete CV detailing your experience extracting birds from mist nets and banding/processing landbirds, including approximate number of birds and species handled, number of seasons, etc., 2) your completed application, 3) written exam score and name of trainer who proctored the exam (if you’ve already taken it), 4) your contact information. Accepted candidates will be notified no later than September 14. If possible, do not wait until the deadline to apply – early applications are preferred. Once accepted, candidates will be responsible for the testing fee of $35/level, as well as an additional $35 for meals and expenses. Those wishing to stay on site may do so for an additional $35/night.
  2. 19th – 26th August 2019 Powdermill Nature Reserve Powdermill Nature Reserve is pleased to announce that we will be holding an Advanced Ornithological Techniques Course for Latin Americans the 19th – 26th of August. Topics include best banding practices, ageing birds via molt limits, Motus Wildlife Tracking systems, molecular identification of diet and gut microflora, ecological impacts of frugivorous birds, bioacoustics, and utility of museum specimens for ecological research. Most of the course will be in English with Spanish-speaking instructors participating throughout its duration. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. Participants will gain hands on experience ageing birds, applying nanotags, and assembling automated receiving (i.e., Motus) stations. This course is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. A full syllabus of the course can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yynmtbc7 Powdermill Nature Reserve (PNR), the field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, is located in the beautiful mountains of Western Pennsylvania near the town of Rector. The course is grant-funded, free to Latin Americans, and includes $500 USD to defray travel expenses. Food and housing will be provided throughout the entirety of the course. Participants are expected to arrange their own flights to and from the Pittsburgh International Airport for arrival on August 19th and departure on August 27th. Transportation to and from the airport will be provided. Two internships are available for participants interested in receiving additional training and preparation for a NABC Certification session to be held October 4th - 6th. Housing and a living stipend will be provided August 27th through October 6th. Participants will be accepted by application only. To apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest explaining how you will use this course to further your ornithological research to LindsayA@carnegiemnh.org by the 3rd June 2019.
  3. I am pleased to announce that Powdermill Nature Reserve will be holding an “Ageing Birds with Molt Limits” workshop in September 2019. Spring “Ageing Birds with Molt Limits” Workshop: Wednesday, September 18 through Sunday, September 22. The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday (9/18) and end Sunday (9/22) at noon. Participants will want to arrive Tuesday evening (9/17) prior to the workshop. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. This workshop is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. The focus of this workshop is on training participants to age and sex passerines via plumage and molt limits, and will include discussions on molt terminology and how to decode the “Pyle Guide”. Participants are expected to have prior experience handling and extracting birds from nets. The cost is $750 per person and includes on site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast. This workshop will be NABC-approved. To sign up please fill out the following Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/kaQiLhs1aZ
  4. I am pleased to announce that Powdermill Avian Research Center will be holding an “Extraction/Banding” workshop in May 2019. Spring “Extraction/Banding” Workshop: Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 19. The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday (5/15) and end Sunday (5/19) at noon. Participants will want to arrive Tuesday evening (5/14) prior to the workshop. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. This workshop is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. The focus of this workshop is on training participants to handle and extract birds from mist nets, and to band birds, but we’ll have discussions and practice ageing and sexing birds via plumage and molt limits, and will include discussions on molt terminology and how to decode the “Pyle Guide”. The cost is $750 per person and includes on site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast. This workshop will be NABC-approved. To sign up please fill out the following Google Form: http://goo.gl/forms/kaQiLhs1aZ
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