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The North American Banding Council has composed recommendations for banding during the COVID-19 Pandemic. http://www.nabanding.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Covid19-NABC_20200415.pdf Please circulate widely. Sincerely, Luke DeGroote NABC Chair Avian Research Coordinator Powdermill Nature Reserve Carnegie Museums of Natural History
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.
Fundamentals of Songbird Banding Workshop Hosted by Klamath Bird Observatory at Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon Klamath Bird Observatory (https://www.klamathbird.org)is offering a Bird Banding Workshop at its Upper Klamath Field Station in southern Oregon on August 5-9 2019. This is a North American Banding Council (NABC)-approved training session instructed by certified Trainers. Registration fees contribute directly to funding our long-term monitoring and banding training program. This four day workshop will combine morning sessions learning hands-on in the field with afternoons in the classroom and provide participants with an excellent opportunity to experience an active bird monitoring station and learn the theory and skills required to operate it. Participants will receive training in bird safety, mist net use and maintenance, data collection, bird identification, bird banding, and sexing and ageing techniques. The workshop program is designed as a comprehensive introduction for those with little to no prior experience but is also appropriate for more experienced banders looking to build upon their existing skills and knowledge. Participants should not expect to emerge from this workshop as fully qualified bird banders, however, this course provides an excellent start in preparation for those interested in pursuing the NABC Bander certification. This workshop is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, bird observatory volunteers, naturalists, and others interested in pursuing careers in ornithology or assisting at bird banding stations. The non-refundable registration fee is $1,600 per person. Registration includes all meals (as well as beverages and snacks) beginning with dinner Monday, August 5th, and ending with lunch Friday, August 9th. There is space for free tent camping at KBO’s Upper Klamath Field Station and lodging is available nearby at the Rocky Point Resort, Comfort Point Lodge, and Harriman Springs Resort and Marina. Join us for a top-notch banding learning experience and help support Klamath Bird Observatory’s long-running monitoring and training program. For more information, and to register, please contact Lauren diBiccari at led<AT>klamathbird.org. Registration deadline is July 15, 2019.
Klamath Bird Observatory Bird Banding Field Course Duration: 10-30 days, suggested 1 month commitment to maximize the training opportunity; dates flexible from June 1st to September 31st, 2019 Cost: $2000/10 day period; $5000/month Project Location: Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California BIRD BANDING FIELD COURSE. The Klamath Bird Observatory (www.KlamathBird.org) is offering a unique opportunity to participate in our long-term landbird monitoring program in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Our field course is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of a field ornithologist and obtain a comprehensive introduction to bird banding and other field methodologies. KBO’s bander training program blends an intensive field internship with coursework designed in accordance with North American Banding Council (NABC) standards. A typical 10-day schedule includes five days of mist-netting and banding and one of classroom training and lecture. Training covers safe and ethical mist netting and banding of songbirds, including collecting a robust set of metrics on each individual; observational bird surveys; science interpretation for the public; and data quality-assurance, entry, and management. Opportunities may also arise to support other KBO field projects which would provide exposure to target netting, color-banding, and application of transmitters and will depend on the time of year. Instruction can be targeted to address your particular goals and interests. This opportunity is suitable for a wide variety of candidates. Do you have a passion for birds and are curious to learn about them in depth and up close? Are you looking for a unique way to give back and contribute toward conservation? Interested in pursuing a career in ornithology and need a way to gain experience in a competitive field? Have an interest in avian fieldwork but want an opportunity to shadow before committing to a field job or course of study? Already have some experience but want to refine your skills with an intensive training program under certified banders and trainers? Accommodation is available in a shared room in a cabin on the Upper Klamath Lake. The cabin is nestled amongst tall ponderosa pine which host striking White-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers. A short walk leads down to the willow-lined, marshy edge of the lake which is thick with warblers and full of sound: the liquid pump-er-lunk song of American Bittern, metallic trills of Red-winged Blackbirds, and the raucous calls of breeding terns. Though rustic, the cabin has potable running water, a full kitchen, internet access, and hang out space featuring a cozy woodstove. Hiking and birding opportunities abound nearby and bikes and kayaks are available for use. There will be portable toilets on site and a shower at a nearby field house. Camping will be required approximately 3 nights per 10 day training. The five research sites are situated in the old growth forests, alpine meadows, and mountain streams that make up the beautiful diversity of the Pacific Northwest. One site requires a brief strenuous hike of about 1 mile. Operation of any banding station involves long, arduous days beginning pre-dawn under (occasionally) adverse conditions including heat, cold, mosquitoes, and smoke. However, if you enjoy fun physical work in wild places, being out in the quiet beauty of nature, and have a passion for wildlife and conservation our field course is a perfect opportunity. To inquire: Contact Banding Program Coordinator Lauren diBiccari (email@example.com)