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Bird Banding Course for Semi-Experienced Banders (Cancelled)

August 18, 2014 @ 7:00 am - August 21, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

A small yellow bird being banded

Institute for Bird Populatons Bird Banding Course for Semi-experienced Banders

Monday, August 18 – Thursday, August, 21

Daily from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm at Riveredge Nature Center Newburg, WI

 The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) is offering this customized four day class for people who have some banding experience but would like to learn more about how to age and sex birds in the hand. The class will help participants to fine tune the banding skills they already possess and to advance their comprehension of molt strategies and ability to recognize molts limits and plumages on birds in hand.

The classes will be individualized and the rate of progression will be dependent upon the skill level of the participants. There will be a concentration on details of feather morphology, plumages, and molt limits.  Some of the skills that will be reviewed and expanded upon in the morning field sessions include: operation of and removal of birds from mist nets so that extraction speeds and safety are increased; bird-handling skills, e.g. using proper grips and minimizing of bird stress; and in-hand ageing and sexing techniques. Lectures and discussions in the afternoons will cover: avian life histories; energetics; molts; plumages and the role of banding in research and monitoring.  Participants should come prepared with questions that have arisen during their banding operations and work with the instructor to focus on the particular skills they would like to improve upon. A MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) Manual will be provided.

IBP instructor, Erin Rowan, graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 2008 with a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies. She interned for IBP in 2010, was crew leader at IBP’s MAPS stations in Yosemite in 2011-12, interned at IBP’s banding stations on Saipan and has been working full-time out of IBP’s main office in Point Reyes Station, CA since 2012.

IBP is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) California nonprofit corporation dedicated to research and dissemination of information on the abundance, distribution, and ecology of birds, and to facilitating scientifically informed conservation of birds and their habitats. IBP attempts to achieve its goals through seven major programs one of which is The MAPS Program which stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. You can learn more about IBP &/or MAPS at www.birdpop.org

Class size: Minimum of six people & maximum of eight people

 Cost:  $900 paid in advance

Housing and meals are not included in the fee but are available nearby.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Holleback at Riveredge, 262-416-1224, mholleback@riveredge.us

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August 18, 2014 @ 7:00 am
August 21, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
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Riveredge Nature Center
4458 County Hwy Y (Hawthorne Dr)
Saukville, WI United States
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(262) 375-2715

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