7-day Beginner Bird Banding Workshop
Are you interested in becoming a bird bander? Hurricane Island is happy to offer bird banding workshops taught by world-class instructors from The Institute for Bird Populations.
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.
Beginner Bird Banding, July 7-13, 2019
**Please plan to depart from our mainland office (19 Commercial St, Rockland, ME) for transport out to Hurricane Island. The boat will depart from the mainland at 1:30PM on July 7, 2019. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure time. Your return transport will depart Hurricane Island at 2:30PM on the last day of the program, returning you to the mainland by 3:30PM. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY. More information is provided upon registration. Please reach out with questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 207 867 6050.**
Cost: $2100, Includes all transportation between Hurricane Island and the mainland, all food, housing, and instruction
The seven-day introductory courses are 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
In-hand ageing and sexing techniques
Scoring and recording data using MAPS protocol and forms
Lectures and discussions cover:
Avian life histories, energetics, molts, and plumages
The permitting process
The role of banding in research and monitoring