This seven-day introductory course is designed to provide both amateur birders and professional biologists with the skills necessary to participate in monitoring and research programs involving bird banding.
Skills taught include:
- Operation of mist-nets and safe extraction of birds
- Bird-handling skills
- In-hand aging and sexing techniques
- Scoring and recording data using MAPS protocol and forms
Lectures and discussions cover:
- Avian life histories, energetics, molts, and plumages
- Banding ethics
- The permitting process
- The role of banding in research and monitoring
"This course was one of the highlights of my career. Holding a passerine in the hand brings an even greater appreciation for these species."
— Bird Banding Participant
Cost: $2100, Includes all transportation between Hurricane Island and the mainland, all food, housing, and instruction
The Institute for Bird Populations studies the abundance, vital rates, and ecology of bird populations to enable scientifically sound conservation of birds and their habitats. They collaborate locally, nationally, and globally with individuals, government agencies, and NGOs in diverse fields to assess the effects of land management actions, climate change, and other ecological stressors on bird populations, and prescribe science-based solutions.
Why do we band birds?
Bird banding data are useful in both research and management projects. By banding birds, we can identify individuals and track their dispersal and migration, behavior and social structure, life-span and survival rate, and reproductive success and population growth. For example, when banded birds are captured, released alive, and then reported from somewhere else we can trace the movements of that individual. Banded birds have showed us that some species take different routes when they travel south or return north, and once a bird is banded continued observations can be made about that bird without handling it again.