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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Spring Extraction/Banding Workshop: Wednesday, May 13 - Sunday, May 17, 2020 The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday (5/13) and end Sunday (5/17) at noon. Participants should plan to arrive Tuesday as we may have an introductory lecture that evening. The majority of time will be spend in the field with live birds, however these sessions will be complemented with some afternoon or evening presentations. This workshop is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council certifications as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. The focus of this workshop is to hone handling songbirds, extracting birds from mist nets, and banding skills, but we will also cover the other topics mentioned above, and is appropriate for beginner- to intermediate-level banders. The cost is $750/person and on site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast is included. Space is limited, therefore priority will be given to those with opportunities to continue to utilize the skills we teach through work or volunteering. This workshop will be NABC-approved. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please fill out the google form: http://goo.gl/forms/kaQiLhs1aZ I will begin to send invitations to register in mid-December to early January.
  4. Methods and techniques applied on avian studies: short field course in Central Argentina When: November 11th to 15th. Where: Los Hornillos, Cordoba province, Argentina. https://goo.gl/maps/dkG3KrqgG95gjuUo9 Cost: $6000 Argentine pesos. The price includes transportation from Cordoba city, 4 meals and the use of the camping facilities. Participants should provide their own tent. + Info and program : https://forms.gle/NEK5idWSTWT3HXrw5 ornitologiadecampo@gmail.com
  5. A new meeting has been added to the [url='http://ornithologyexchange.org/meetings/index.html?sort_col=field_153&sort_order=asc&per_page=15&filters[227][u]=1']Ornithology Meetings[/url] database. [b]{key}:[/b] The Western Bird Banding Association is holding its 2019 annual meeting in Brighton, Colorado September 19 - 22. The meeting is being hosted by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and will be based out of Barr Lake State Park. This meeting will feature banding demonstrations, field trips, workshops, poster presentations, and scientific talks. Field trips include a visit to the bird collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, guided birding at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a tour of the Audubon Center at Chatfield State Park, and an all-day exploration of the Pawnee National Grassland led by a local ornithologist who studies grassland birds. We will hold a banquet and silent auction, with a keynote talk by Dr. Lauryn Benedict of the University of Northern Colorado. All meals are included in registration, and discount rates are available to students. Room- and ride-share options are available. [b]{key}:[/b] http://www.westernbirdbanding.org/meeting_2019.html View full meeting
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) and the Opossum Creek Retreat are offering a beginner bird banding class April 20-26, 2019. The class will be held in the beautiful Appalachian mountains of West Virginia during the midst of migration and you can expect a wide variety of warblers, thrushes, mimids, etc. to be captured during the week. And, your accommodations are just minutes from the stunning New River Gorge. The class can accommodate many skill levels, from those who have never handled a bird to those with good experience that want to fill in their banding and molt limits and plumage knowledge gaps, all under the eye of an experienced IBP instructor. These classes cover: operation of mist-nets and safe extraction of birds; bird-handling skills; in-hand ageing and sexing techniques; scoring and recording data using MAPS protocol and forms; avian life histories, energetics, molts, and plumages; banding ethics, the permitting process; and the role of banding in research and monitoring. The instructor, Ron Taylor, has been teaching banding classes for over 15 years and is always patient, enthusiastic, and thorough in sharing his knowledge about molt, plumages, and ageing with students of all experience levels. Please contact the class host, Keith Richardson (email:retreat@opossumcreek.com; phone: 888-488-4836) to register or for more information about the class. For more information about additional classes taught by instructors from The Institute for Bird Populations, please visit IBP's Bird Bander Training page.
  10. 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 (led@klamathbird.org)
  11. The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) and the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation are offering an advanced molt limits and plumage banding class April 10-13, 2019. Have you ever wanted to spend a week in coastal Texas during spring migration? Perhaps catch some of the amazing species that will be passing northward AND improve your banding skills? Now you have your chance. The class is designed for experienced banders who wish to improve their sexing and ageing skills. These classes focus on understanding and identifying the differences between specific adult age classes using the Identification Guide to North American Birds by Peter Pyle. We also spend time addressing advanced skills such as skulling, refining the scoring of various characteristics, and interpreting these characteristics for age and sex determinations. We will also cover nuances of recording data using MAPS protocol for those that are interested. The instructor, Danielle Kaschube, has been teaching banding classes for over 20 years and is always excited to share her knowledge about molt, plumages, and ageing with students of all experience levels. She coordinates the MAPS program at The Institute for Bird Populations and is a North American Banding Council certified trainer. Additional information about the class is available on the Welder Foundation class information sheet. Please contact the class host, Angie Arredondo (phone: 361-364-2643) or visit the Welder Foundation website to register. For more information about classes taught by The Institute for Bird Populations, please visit IBP's Bird Bander Training page.
  12. Beginner Bird Banding Course April 22 – 28, 2019 The Harris Center for Conservation Education and New Hampshire Audubon will host a Spring Beginner Bird Banding course in Hancock, NH from April 22 – 28, 2019. The beginner course is intended for birders and wildlife biologists to obtain bird handling skills and will be taught by Dr. Patricia Wohner. Patricia has been banding birds on research projects and MAPS stations for over 19 years and will teach necessary skills for monitoring and research programs involving bird banding. The specific skills taught will include: safe operation of mist nets, methods of extraction of birds from mist nets, bird-handling skills, a primer on in-hand ageing and sexing techniques, and data scoring and recording using MAPS protocol and forms. Target netting skills may also be taught depending on interest. The course will be taught at the beginning of spring migration in young and mature forest at the beautiful Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, NH. Each student will handle many different passerines and near-passerines including Warblers, Sparrows, Woodpeckers, Thrushes, and others. Each day will consist of a morning practical mist netting and banding birds, and an afternoon class session at the Harris Center. Cost of the course including lunch is $975/ person. A $150 non-refundable down payment is required to hold a spot in the class. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early! The Beginner Bird Banding Course is limited to 7 participants! To register or questions email pjwohner@gmail.com or call 423-999-9019. In the registration email, please include your name, address, and phone number where you can be reached. Payment by check can be made payable to Patricia Wohner. Send checks to Carol Foss, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301
  13. 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
  14. The Vancouver Avian Research Centre is pleased to announce spring 2017 dates for Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops. Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop: • May 5 – 7 • June 3 - 5 The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is designed for people with little or no bird banding or bird in the hand experience and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, molt sequences and life habits. Most of all, these workshops are designed to be a fun and interesting experience and a way to take your interest in birds and the environment to the next level. See what people who have attended the workshops have to say and why the average rating from course participants is 9.5 out of 10!! http://www.birdvancouver.com/testimonials.html Full details of course schedules and content and registration information can be found online at: http://www.birdvancouver.com/workshop_banding_intro.html
  15. Sharing the flyer for an advanced bird banding training in Mexico taking place this upcoming April. AOS does not know more than this flyer. Please contact Manuel Grosselet (email on flyer) for more details.
  16. Hi Everyone, Is there a forum/website/etc where people are selling or donating their used bird-related field equipment (e.g. mist-nets, poles, banding pliers, etc.)? I have bought a lot of equipment out-of-pocket over the years, but I'm faced with a larger purchase of equipment for the upcoming field season. I think a lot of people can relate to this problem after using their PhD lab's equipment for many years and then moving on to a non-bird lab for their post doc or starting their own research program. My colleague Kiyoko and I are attempting to crowdfund to cover some equipment costs (https://www.instrumentl.com/campaigns/urbanization-and-galapagos-birds/) but most of the money raised will probably just cover travel. Thanks for any insight! Sarah
  17. Hello fellow bird banders, I am part of a three-university research team that is investigating the ecology of tick and pathogen invasions (e.g., black legged ticks and Lyme disease). We're submitting a grant proposal with the primary goal of determining the degree to which wild birds are involved as hosts for ticks and associated pathogens, and transporting them to new locations. We plan to form a network of banding stations across the midwest and south-central US from which we will collect data on ticks and pathogens carried by birds. We are particularly interested in working with stations that could check for and sample ticks, as well as blood samples - even if only on a subset of days. Ideal stations will operate in the spring and fall, but we're happy to work with summer-operating stations as well. If the grant is funded, participating stations would be issued an annual stipend, as well as all supplies and training necessary. Currently we're trying to gauge how much interest there is in the possibility of forming a network throughout the year. If you are interested please contact me at cmroy2@illinois.edu. Happy fall! Christine M. Parker | MS Student Program in Natural Resources & Environmental Science | UIUC Cell: 518-637-7915 Email: cmroy2@illinois.edu
  18. The Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S) is scheduling a North American Banding Council (NABC) certification session for landbirds at its field station in the Maya Mountains of Belize. We will be offering a Bander level workshop of 8 candidates, with an additional Trainer level for those who have already completed their NABC Bander certification or wish to do both in the same session. The Bander session will be between the 26th of November and 1rd of December 2014. Trainer certifications will be between the 1st and 3rd of December 2014. NABC manuals are available from the NABC website at http://www.nabanding.net/bander-resources/. Reservation deadline is Nov.1 2014 or until full. For more information visit http://treesociety.org/nabc-banding-workshop-in-belize-2014/ or for registration contact us at info@treesociety.org or mcharette@treesociety.org
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