Bird banding and ornithology in the Americas


EBBA 2018 Annual Meeting: Call for Posters / Papers   NEW  

This year, the Eastern Bird Banding Association (EBBA) will have its annual meeting on the stunning Schoodic Penninsula in Maine (USA) from 22-24 June, 2018. They hope you will join them for some great workshops and research talks, their fantastic bucket raffle, and - of course - puffins!

They are soliciting abstracts for the poster and paper sessions, which will be held on Saturday 23 June.

Presentations can reflect original research, summarize existing information, address the use of banding as a tool in avian research and monitoring, present improvements and innovations in banding, or explore novel ways of using banding to teach and communicate science to the public. They especially encourage abstracts addressing research in which banding was an essential component, but will consider submissions from a broader spectrum of research as well.

Please submit poster abstracts electronically to Andrea Patterson (, and paper abstracts electronically to Lisa Kiziuk (

For additional information about the 2018 meeting, check their website:

Andrea Patterson
Director, Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
144 Greystone Lane #24
Rochester, NY 14618

Foundational meeting for NABC hummingbird banding, Arizona (USA)   NEW  

The Hummingbird Monitoring Network, along with partners, is hosting a meeting from September 12-15, 2018 in Patagonia, Arizona (USA). They are seeking input (and attendance!) from all interested hummingbird banders. Their goal is to engage the hummingbird banding community with NABC, and to seek to improve hummingbird banding skills and inform one another about the latest techniques and study designs. Any permitted hummingbird bander is welcome to attend. They are seeking input from the entire banding community, to put together an inclusive and informed repository related to hummingbird banding that all together can all draw from.
If this sounds intriguing to you, view the attachment for more details on registration, agenda, etc. If you have any questions or additional agenda items you'd like to see, please email Jessica Pollock at this address:

Both pre-meeting and onsite registration are available. If you want to pre-register and be updated with the latest meeting information, please visit

Jessica Pollock, M.Sc.
Research Biologist
Intermountain Bird Observatory

Intermountain Bird Observatory
Department of Biological Sciences - Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515

Autumn Migration Field Technicians Needed, Alabama and Louisiana (USA)   NEW  

EXPERIENCED BIRD BANDERS IN CHARGE (6), MIST NET ASSISTANTS (5), and AVIAN SURVEYORS (6) needed from 15 August to 5 November (start and end dates flexible) to study the stopover ecology of small passerines along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico (Alabama and Louisiana, USA). BANDERS need to have experience with banding large volumes of birds, be familiar with the aging and sexing of eastern species, be able to train mist net assistants, and independently lead a small team. Also must be able to effectively communicate with project leader and site coordinator in completing tasks associated with the banding operation as well as oversee banding operation including other technicians. MIST NET ASSISTANT duties include extracting birds from mist-nets and analyzing fecal samples. AVIAN SURVEYOR duties include identifying eastern species by sight and sound, mist net extraction, and analyzing fecal samples.
Additionally, opportunities may exist for all positions to assist with active research during the field season. All individuals are required to work 7 days a week, assist with data entry, vegetation sampling, arthropod sampling, and fruit counts, have the ability to work and live well with others in close quarters, have a good sense of humor, and be able to tolerate heat, venomous snakes, biting insects, and wet conditions. In addition to abundant experience, each bander will be compensated a total of $5,000 and each other position will receive $4,000 over the course of the season Housing is provided. In ONE Word document/PDF named in the following format: Lastname-Firstname (e.g. Zenzal-TJ.pdf) please send letter of interest, resume, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references to Dr. T.J. Zenzal, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, USA or by email (preferred): MBRGhiring(AT)

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. The University of Southern Mississippi conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 

T.J. Zenzal, Ph.D
Migratory Bird Research Group
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive Box 5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Geolocators on Northern Waterthrushes, Puerto Rico & North America

Fred C. Schaffner PhD and his team have been banding Northern Waterthrushes (Parkesia noveboracensis) in Puerto Rico (Greater Antilles) for several years. Most birds carry the standard USGS aluminum band and three color bands. Some are also carrying geolocators.

Thus far they believe that their birds are nesting in the area of New England (USA) and eastern Canada, though some may be travelling further west through western Ohio and Michigan (USA). Should you encounter one of their birds, please let them know as soon as possible (, and especially, if you encounter a geolocator-tagged bird, please remove the geolocator and send it to them. They will reimburse any expenses incurred in sending them the geolocator.

On May 2013, Mark Wloch photographed this Northern Waterthrush in Crane Creek State Park, Ohio (USA). This bird was banded on January 2013 at Jobos Bay, on the south coast of Puerto Rico by Ivelisse Rodríguez-Colón (Fred's banding subpermittee). More information here: Banded Northern Waterthrush Revisited.

Fred C. Schaffner PhD
School of Natural Sciences and Technology (Department of Biology)
Universidad del Turabo
PO Box 3030 (Carrera 189, km 3.3)
Gurabo, PR 00778-3030

Banding classes, The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP), multiple locations (USA)    NEW  

As in past years, in cooperation with local hosts, The Institute for Bird Populations will be teaching bird banding classes, both beginner and advanced, in multiple locations and throughout the summer. Below is a list of the locations and timing of all of this year's classes. We hope that you can join us for one. Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested in participating in one of these classes.

A Beginner banding class will be held at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge ( in northern Vermont. The class will be held June 10-15, 2018. More information about the class and how to register is available on the class information sheet ( or you can contact the class host, Judy Sefchick Edwards (email:, phone: 802-868-4781).

Two banding classes will be held at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center ( in northeastern Minnesota. The Advanced class will be held June 16-20 (FULL; waitlist only), 2018 and the Beginner class will be held June 22-29, 2018. Please contact the class host, Peter Harris ( or check out the banding class page on Wolf Ridge's website ( for more information about the classes and how to register.

Two banding classes will be held on Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership ( off the coast of central Maine. The Advanced class will be held July 10-14, 2018 and the Beginner class will be held July 15-21, 2018. Please contact the class host, Phoebe Jekielek, (email:, phone: 207-867-6050), or see the banding class registration page ( on Hurricane Island's website for more information about the class, including how to register. Additional information is also available on their class information page (

A Beginner banding class will be held at the Beaver Creek Reserve ( in northwestern Wisconsin. The class will be held August 12-18, 2018. Please contact the class host, Jeanette Kelly (email:, phone: 715-877-2212) to register or for more information about the class.

An Advanced banding class will be held at the Southern Sierra Research Station ( in south central California, in the foothills of the Sierras and is tentatively scheduled for September 10-14, 2018. Please contact Michelle Johnson (email:, phone: 760-378-3345) at the Southern Sierra Research Station for more information or to register.

Banding Assistant Internship, Klamath Bird Observatory, Oregon (USA)    NEW  

Klamath Bird Observatory invites applications for one
(1) bird banding assistant internship position openings. We are seeking a
highly motivated individual to participate in our long-term landbird
monitoring program in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and
northern California during the breeding season – 1 May through 31 July,

Training and duties will include mist netting and banding songbirds, bird
survey, data quality-assurance, entry, and management. Other duties include
study and discussion of banding and biology instructional materials,
equipment maintenance, and field station upkeep. Training and operations
will adhere to North American Banding Council guidelines with a focus on
safe, ethical mist netting and banding and advanced bird ageing/sexing
techniques. Rustic housing is provided. This position does not offer a

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in birds and field
biology, a positive and constructive attitude toward cooperative work in
reaching project objectives, giving priority to safety considerations, work
and live harmoniously in close company with coworkers. Additional qualities
include: ability to follow protocols precisely, attention to detail, good
physical condition, excellent communication skills, dedicated to study in
spare time, willing and able to work long days in the field under
(sometimes) adverse conditions (hot days, cold days, mosquitoes). This is a
terrific opportunity to build practical experience in field biology and
master a variety of bird monitoring and research skills in a long-running
banding-training program. The position will involve long days filled with
hard work, a lot of driving and camping, and a lot of fun!
Application deadline ongoing until the position has been filled. To apply,
email a single PDF document containing a cover letter (include dates
available), resume with related experiences and references to Robert Frey

Klamath Bird Observatory

VARC Student Positions, Vancouver (CANADA)    NEW  

The Vancouver Avian Reseach Centre (VARC) has 3 full-time positions available this season for students who are returning to (full-time) school in the fall. If you could share on your social network groups it would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

Derek Matthews
Vancouver Avian Research Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada

VARC Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops, Vancouver (CANADA)    NEW  

The Vancouver Avian Research Centre (VARC) has just posted dates for two Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshops this spring:

- May 11 - 13
- June 8 - 10

Consisting of both classroom sessions and hands-on instruction, the workshop provides an excellent opportunity to experience a professional bird monitoring and banding station in action and provides a fantastic opportunity to see birds up close and personal, to learn about their plumage, molt sequences and life habits.

The workshop has been developed for people with little or no bird banding experience, although those with existing experience have benefited enormously from the field and classroom sessions which teach accurate ageing and sexing of NA landbirds in the hand in a methodical way. Participants will receive training in bird safety and welfare, bird identification, bird banding and taking biometric measurements, ageing and sexing techniques, mist net use and data collection.

Most of all, these workshops are designed to be a fun and interesting experience and a way to take your interest in birds 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!!

Full details of the course schedule, content and registration information can be found online at:

Derek Matthews
Vancouver Avian Research Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Royal Tern, from North Carolina (USA) to La Habana (Cuba)

Fundación Científica ARA MACAO (Venezuela), has received through its report bands website information about a Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) recovered on the island of Cuba, with a North American federal band. The bird was accidentally caught in a fishing gear, read the band and released alive in good condition. This occurred on January 7, 2018 in the municipality of Playa, Havana province, Cuba. Thanks to the web we can know that this bird had been banded on July 1, 2107 at Cape Fear River, North Carolina, United States. It was controlled 190 days later and 1,285 kilometers away (see map below). Thanks to citizen collaboration, this important information has been obtained to learn more about the life cycle of this species.

Introductory Bird Monitoring Workshop, Victoria, British Columbia (CANADA)

Rocky Point Bird Observatory will be offering an introductory bird monitoring and banding workshop (March 30 - April 1, 2018)

The 3-day workshop will focus on bird identification, monitoring procedures and techniques, sexing and ageing. Components also
include an owl monitoring and banding demo and an optional demo on hummingbird band-making and banding. The program has
been developed for people with little or no bird handling and/or banding experience, but those with intermediate skills will also find
the workshop a good way to build knowledge.

For more information and to register please visit:

Ann Nightingale
Rocky Point Bird Observatory
Victoria, BC, Canada

2018 Bander Training Classes (Introductory & Advanced), Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, New York (USA)    NEW  

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory will be offering three bander training classes in 2018.

Our spring and fall classes each last 7 days, and are taught during each season's peak period.
Mornings feature hands-on training in the field and afternoons are devoted
to lectures, demonstrations and in-depth instruction. General topics
covered during the 7-day sessions include: netting and trapping techniques,
removal of birds from mist nets, proper handling and processing of birds
(including biometrics, ageing and sexing, molt terminology, and skulling),
use of the Pyle guide, permitting, relations with the public, and bander's
ethics. These classes are aimed at beginning and novice banders, but
because of the small class size we can tailor the experience to accommodate
the needs of more experienced banders as well. Spring dates are May 13-19,
and fall dates are September 24-30. Course tuition is $500 and housing is
available for an additional $125; student discounts are available.

Our summer class is an advanced molt workshop. Taught from July 21-25, this 5-day
class features hands-on training in the field accompanied with in-depth
discussions on aging birds especially by skull, plumage characteristics and
molt; passerine and near-passerine molt sequences and strategies including
a lecture specifically on woodpecker molt strategies; all aspects of the
MAPS datasheet; and a comparison of the traditional Humphey-Parkes age
classification system with the newer Wolfe-Ryder-Pyle cycle-based age
classification system. The class is set to coincide the peak of juvenile
fledging and dispersal and the onset of adult molt.  Course tuition is $200
and housing is available for an additional $50.

All courses are taught by NABC certified trainers, and are excellent
preparation for eventual NABC certification.

Questions should be directed to Andrea Patterson at the email address

Andrea Patterson
Education Director, Braddock Bay Bird Observatory
144 Greystone Lane #24
Rochester, NY 14618
Tel. - (585) 490-5361

2018 Spring "Ageing Birds with Molt Limits" Workshop, Pennsylvania (USA)    NEW  

From [BIRDBAND forum]: Powdermill Nature Reserve will be holding an
“Ageing Birds with Molt Limits” workshop in May 2018.

Spring “Ageing Birds with Molt Limits” Workshop: Wednesday, May 16 through
Sunday, May 20.

The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday (5/16) and end Sunday
(5/20) at noon. Participants will want to arrive Tuesday evening (5/15)
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 age and
sex passerines via plumage and molt limits, and will include discussions on
molt terminology and how to decode the “Pyle Guide”. Participants are
expected to have prior experience handling and extracting birds from nets.
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: 

Advanced Banding Class in Virginia (USA)

In cooperation with The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP), an advanced banding class will be hosted by the Environmental Studies on the Piedmont near Warenton, Virginia (USA). The class will be held September 10-14, 2017. Please contact the class host, Tom Wood (email:; phone: +1 703-963-0866) or see the banding class registration page ( on Environmental Studies on the Piedmont's website for more information about the class, including how to register. 

This class is designed for banders with experience and that have particular skills they would like to improve upon. The curriculum has an indepth focus on molts and plumages but will also cover the questions and particular skills the participants wish to address.

Danielle Kaschube
MAPS and Bander Training Coordinator

Please pass this information on to people that would be interested. For more information on the IBP banding classes please visit: 

Banding workshop in Argentina

The Association of Field Ornithologists is offering an Advanced Workshop in Bird Banding and Molt Interpretation in conjunction with the Ornithological Congress of the Americas in Iguazú, Argentina, 12-16 August. 

They still have a few openings available!

Instructors include Erik Johnson, co-author of the upcoming definitive guide to molt in Neotropical birds: "Molt in Neotropical Birds: Life History and Aging Criteria".

If interested please email Ian Ausprey  (iausprey AT and Adrián Di Giacomo  (digiacomo.adrian AT

Banding workshops in Maine (USA)

In cooperation with The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP), two banding classes will be hosted by the Hurricane Island Foundation. The classes will be held on Hurricane Island, off the coast of central Maine. The Advanced class will be held July 12-15, 2017 and the Beginner class will be held July 16-22, 2017. Please contact the class host, Phoebe Jekielek (; phone: 207-867-6050), or see the banding class registration page ( on Hurricane Island Foundation's website for more information about the class, including how to register.

Registration closes soon so contact the class host as soon as possible. We hope to see you there!

Danielle Kaschube
MAPS and Bander Training Coordinator

Please pass this information on to people that would be interested. For more information on the Institute for Bird Populations banding classes please visit:

Advanced Bander Workshop, New York (USA)

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory's Advanced Bander Workshop has been
rescheduled for July 26-30 2017, and they have one opening remaining.

This workshop combines morning hands-on field work with afternoon
discussion, and it focuses on aging by molt. In addition to reviewing and
applying standard Humphrey-Parkes-Howell molt concepts, students will also
become familiar with the new Wolfe-Ryder-Pyle terminology. As a bonus,
you'll get comfortable aging woodpeckers.

Questions about the course, and detailed information
can also be found on their website:

Andrea Patterson
Education Director
Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Advanced and Introductory Banding Courses, Virginia (USA)

Environmental Studies on the Piedmont in Warrenton, Virginia (USA) is pleased to offer an Advanced Bird Banding Course from Sunday, September 10th through Thursday, September 14th, 2017 and an Introductory Bird Banding Course from Sunday, September 17th through Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

For more information and registration, please visit their website at

Reminder - Klamath Bird Observatory's Fundamentals of Songbird Banding Workshop, Oregon (USA)

A few spots are still open for Klamath Bird Observatory's Fundamentals of
Songbird Banding Workshop July 24-28, 2017 - registration will close June 26!

Please visit the KBO website for more information about the workshop,
including agenda, lodging options, and registration details:

This hands-on and interactive workshop will be centered at KBO's Upper
Klamath Field Station - on the west shore of beautiful Upper Klamath Lake.
Timing of the workshop will coincide with local post-breeding dispersal -
lots of birds and lots of hands-on learning opportunities!

This is a North American Banding Council-approved Training Session with
NABC-certified Trainer instructors and follows NABC principles and

Robert I. Frey
Biologist & Banding Program Coordinator
Klamath Bird Observatory

Western Bird Banding Association Annual Meeting, Oregon (USA)

Cave Junction, Oregon (USA), September 28 – October 1, 2017.

The Western Bird Banding Association is pleased to invite you to our annual
meeting, in scenic Cave Junction near Oregon Caves National Monument in the
Illinois Valley. We have selected the Siskiyou Field Institute in
south-western Oregon as the venue ( The Institute is
renowned for its lovely accommodations in beautiful, wild and rural
surroundings. The birds and banding opportunities are fantastic. Nearby
Deer Creek has a bird-rich mist net station that will provide many birds
for training and enjoyment. The Institute is just a short drive from the
quaint town of Cave Junction, Oregon.

What to Expect: The meeting will include demonstrations and workshops on a
diverse array of bird research, banding, data management, and analysis of
banding data. In addition, there will be an Advanced Molt and Ageing
Workshop led by renowned molt expert, Jared Wolfe. Evenings will include
catered meals, campfires and live music as well as special sessions.
Updates from banders in Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica will also be
featured.  Details for speakers and workshops will soon be finalized and
announced on the WBBA website.

A NABC training session and evaluation will be held by accomplished NABC
trainers, including Kim Hollinger, Bob Frey and banders from Brazil, Luiza
Figueroa and Pedro Martins.

Online registration and submission of papers, posters, and demonstrations
will be at the WBBA web site. and will be due
by September 1.

Meals and food will be delicious buffet style meals catered from local
Illinois Valley sources featuring organic and local foods, beer, and wine.

Facilities at the Siskiyou Field Institute include unlimited primitive camp
sites, two group yurts with bunk beds, dorm rooms, a state-of-the-art solar
bathhouse, and a covered picnic pavilion. The Institute provides a
hostel-style kitchen and indoor classrooms for our meeting.

Hotels in Cave Junction include several motels in a variety of price
ranges. We will have arranged for a WBBA discount for attendees. Updated
information will be posted on the WBBA website.

Transportation: The closest airports are at Crescent City, California and
Medford, Oregon, and rental cars are available.

Exciting Silent and Live Auction: Do you have something to contribute to a
silent or live auction? If so, please bring it to the meeting. All sorts of
nature and bird-related items (pictures, books, traps, t-shirts, feeders,
equipment, etc.) are welcomed as auction items. Come and share your extras,
and have fun!

Contact Information:  for inquiries, email, wbbameeting2017 @


Updates will be posted on the WBBA website:

Thursday, September 28, 2017


            Meet and Greet dinner and social

Friday, September 29, 2017

            All day -- Banding Demonstrations and Workshops

            Afternoon Board of Directors Meeting

            Guided bird watching tour around the Siskiyou Mountains.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

            All day -- Scientific Sessions starting with a Plenary Speaker

            Afternoon and evening poster session and social.

            Dinner and a keynote talk by John Alexander

Sunday, October 1, 2017


            Banding demonstrations

            Oregon Caves National Monument: cave exploring and birds in a
             world-famous setting

Monday and Tuesday, October 2-3.

            NABC certification session continues

This 850-acre property is situated at the gateway to the Illinois River
Canyon – nestled up against the Siskiyou Mountains and overlooking the
beautiful Deer Creek Valley. The Klamath-Siskiyous are the most
biodiverse region in North America. Researchers from across the
country come to Siskiyou Field Institute's property to investigate and
learn about the rich biodiversity in the adjacent federal lands.

Fantastic opportunity to experience the N. Bahamas on a seabirds/waterbirds cruise

From [Carib-Seabird-WG] forum:

There still a few spaces on the Conservian/BirdsCaribbean seabirds/shorebird live aboard Schooner expedition to the Northern Bahamas which starts in 2 weeks. This is a great opportunity to volunteer to help survey seabirds and shorebirds in the Bahamas. See for more information. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity!

This is an excellent opportunity to gain multi-species shorebird ID and monitoring experience.This is an excellent opportunity to gain multi-species shorebird ID and monitoring experience.

Conservian is beginning a new shorebird and habitat conservation program in the Bahamas. Come join them for the adventure of a lifetime! Conservian is seeking a weekly crew of 6 to 8 enthusiastic individuals for our Bahamas shorebird habitat conservation project in May 2016 aboard the 75ft schooner “Dream Catcher”. Cost for the week is $1,150. Includes your bunk, onboard meals, water, and ground transportation associated with project. Crews will fly to the Bahamas each week to designated airports for shuttle transport to schooner. A valid passport is required. Airfare and insurance are not included.

Our days will be filled with much adventure. We will work in both populated and remote areas, sail blue Caribbean waters, visit white sandy beaches, boat to little islands, conduct ground surveys for beach-nesting birds, nests, and downy chicks, and meet new people. We will work with local volunteers to post and sign shorebird sites and control invasive Australian pine. Crews will assist with shipboard duties; sailing, cooking and cleaning. We will rotate duties so that everyone will have some time off to visit island towns, fish, snorkel, or dive.

Our days will be filled with much adventure aboard the 75ft schooner “Dream Catcher”.Our days will be filled with much adventure aboard the 75ft schooner “Dream Catcher”.

Conservian and partners will begin the first program in the Bahamas to implement on-the-ground protective and restorative measures to limit human-caused disturbance, and control invasive Australian pine at key Piping Plover, shorebird, and seabird sites. Crews will also participate in collecting new data on shorebirds and seabirds of the Bahamas. Selected Island sites include Globally Important and locally Important Bird Areas and national parks of the Bahamas, such as the North Atlantic Abaco Cays National Park IBA, Lucaya National Park IBA, Peterson Cay National Park IBA, Joulters Cay National Park IBA, and Berry Islands, as well as additional key shorebird sites on Grand Bahama Island and Great Abaco. Project partners include: BirdsCaribbean, Bahamas National Trust, Dream Catcher Coastal Sailing Adventures, International Conservation Fund of Canada, LightHawk, Grand Bahama Nature Tours, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Island Power, Abaco Friends of the Environment.

Go to for more information on Conservian’s conservation work or download the expedition brochure.

Bird banding classes, Institute for Bird Populations, USA

The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) is partnering with several host organizations across the country to hold both beginner and advanced banding classes.

An Advanced banding class will be held at the Southern Sierra Research Station in south central California, in the foothills of the Sierras April 10-14, 2017. More information is available on the class information sheet ( Please contact Michelle Johnson (; phone: 760-378-3345) at the Southern Sierra Research Station to register.

A Beginner banding class will be held at the Opossum Creek Retreat ( in south central West Virginia, just minutes from the New River Gorge National River. The class is scheduled for April 22-28, 2017. Please contact the class host, Keith Richardson (; phone: 888-488-4836) for more information.

Two banding classes will be held at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northeastern Minnesota. The Advanced class will be held June 13-17, 2017 and the Beginner class will be held June 18-25, 2017. Please contact the class host, Peter Harris ( or check out the banding class page ( on Wolf Ridge's website for more information about the classes and how to register.

Two banding classes will be held on Hurricane Island off the coast of central Maine. The Advanced class will be held July 12-15, 2017 and the Beginner class will be held July 16-22, 2017. Please contact the class host, Phoebe Jekielek (; phone: 207-867-6050), or see the banding class registration page ( on Hurricane Island Foundation's website for more information about the class, including how to register.

An Advanced banding class will be held at Environmental Studies on the Piedmont ( near Warrenton, Virginia from September 10-14, 2017. Please contact Environmental Studies ( for more information about the class and information on how to register.

Past participants have raved about the beautiful scenery and accommodations at all of these locations as well as all they have learned during the classes. We hope to see you there!

Danielle Kaschube
MAPS and Bander Training Coordinator

Please pass this information on to people that would be interested. For more information on the Institute for Bird Populations banding classes please visit:

Neotropical Bird Ecology in the Chocó Region, Colombia

From [NEOORN-L] listserve: I am looking for driven and energetic students and researchers interested in working with tropical birds in Colombia. My project will
take place between mid of April and late June 2017 at the Anchicayá that is located in the western slope of the western cordillera ~3 hour by car from Cali (Valle
del Cauca). The site covers an elevation gradient from 300-1100 masl, and it is well preserve rainforest with close to 500 bird species reported for the site.

We have 8 volunteer positions available. Primary activities in this work include nest searching and monitoring. Additionally, we mist-netting and banding, and collection of samples from captured birds. We work six days a week approximately from 5am to 6pm, with occasional data entry and organization in the evenings. Mist-netting teams are expected to hike to and work in remote areas for up to two weeks at a time.

Field conditions are variable, depending on the field station to which assistants are assigned. In all cases, communication is reliable (mainly cell phone), and limited
or no internet. We camp in tents for the entirety of the season and cook for ourselves (rice, pasta, legumes, cassava, plantain, and fresh vegetables). Field stations
have reliable power or will have generator power on a nightly basis.

This work is most appropriate for those pursuing a career in ecology or behavior and who have previous field experience working in remote locations. There are often opportunities for students to develop thesis projects, and such students are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a completed application form (available on our website; and your CV to colombiagradientes @ More information on the project and information for potential assistants can be found on our project webpage.

Gustavo A. Londoño
Universidad ICESI

Pigeon Guillemot Restoration Project in Prince William Sound, May-August 2017, Alaska (USA)

From []: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University has an opening for a Field Technician position within the Pigeon Guillemot Restoration Project in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Studies will include on-colony behavioral and productivity observations, surveys to determine nesting distribution (using boats), and diet sampling to determine diet composition of nesting Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphus columba). This is an on-going project in collaboration with researchers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and mink trappers from USDA Wildlife Services. This position provides excellent field research experience and employees can expect to learn a great deal about seabird biology. Further information about the project can be viewed at

LOCATION: Seasonal Field Technician positions to be based out of Anchorage, Alaska, but during the field season will live at a field camp on Naked Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

DATES: Full-time seasonal positions with anticipated starting date of May 1, 2017. Anticipated ending date is August 31. Work period may be extended beyond the anticipated end date as needed; flexibility on end date is desirable.

SALARY: $2,300.00 monthly salary, shared housing and food stipend are provided.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess and maintain a current, valid Driver’s License, and D.O.I. Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Certificate (or be willing to obtain one). The seasonal technician will be employed through a temporary hiring agency and will be required to pass a background check.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a strong interest in avian ecology, feel comfortable working on small boats (current Department of Interior motor boat operator (MOCC) certification a plus), and be a good swimmer. Climbing experience is also preferred as the job may entail some repelling up to 100 feet. Preference will be given for knowledge of boat operation, seabird behavior, climbing experience, fish identification experience, live trapping, and possession of a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science or a related field.

DUTIES: Field technician positions require long hours of data collection, often in suboptimal conditions (wet, cold, and windy), with infrequent and irregular time off. The work is physically strenuous and involves crawling on knees, bending over or stooping, and sitting for extended periods of time using binoculars and spotting scopes. Repelling to nests using climbing equipment may also be required. All duties must be performed with a high degree of quality, uniformity, and timeliness. The employee must work as a team member and may be required to live and work in close quarters and in isolated settings for extended periods of time. In addition to the duties list above, all employees will be expected to assist with field site preparation and maintenance, which can be physically demanding at times.

APPLICATIONS: A complete application must consist of an attached SINGLE DOCUMENT (Word or PDF) containing; 1) a one-page cover letter addressing your qualifications as they relate to the specific requirements, qualifications, and duties described above, 2) a professional resume, and 3) telephone numbers and email addresses of three references familiar with the applicant's professional qualifications. Application Documents must be named with the following format; Lastname_Firstname_2017PWSField Tech. Microsoft Word files preferred. For full consideration apply by March 31, 2017.

SUBMIT TO: Dr. Daniel Roby at @ with subject line: 2017 PIGU Restoration Tech

Email submissions preferred or send hard copies to:

Daniel D. Roby, Professor Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Oregon State University 104 Nash Hall Corvallis, OR, 97331-3803

If you have specific questions regarding this position, please contact Alexa Piggott (alexa.piggott @

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop, spring 2017, Vancouver Avian Research Centre, British Columbia (Canada)

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.


* May 5 - 7

* June 3 - 5

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!!

Full details of course schedules and content and registration information can be found online at:

Derek Matthews

Vancouver Avian Research Centre

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Avian geolocator field crew leader- May-June 2017 (USA)

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Cornell Lab of Ornithology seek a lead field technician to assist with deployment of light-level geolocators on southeastern Painted Buntings (Passerina ciris). This is a multi-year project focused on determine the migration routes and winter distribution of this species. During the 2017 breeding season, 100 geolocators will be deployed at 4 sites along the southeastern US coast (FL, GA, SC, & NC). The lead field technician will oversee deployment of geolocators at each site. The position will involve mist-netting, banding birds, and attachment of geolocators using standard leg-harness techniques. Demonstrated experience with geolocator attachment (or attachment of similar tags using leg harness technique) is required. In addition to the field work, the lead technician will supervise one additional field assistant and will coordinate the day-to-day logistics to insure that tags are deployed in a timely manner at each site.




Applicants must have prior experience with attachment of light-level geolocators (or similar tags) using the leg harness technique. Experience managing avian banding projects, including overseeing field crews, a valid drivers license, and demonstrated ability to work effectively independently is preferred.


Compensation is $500/week + housing.


To apply, send 1) cover letter outlining experience with avian field work, geolocator deployment, and dates of availability; 2) resume, and 3) names and contact information for 3 references to Clark Rushing (rushingc @ Please include “PABU field tech” in the subject line.


Start date: 5/29/2017    --     End date: 6/23/2017

Fundamentals of Songbird Banding Workshop, July 24-28 2017, Oregon (USA)

Hosted by Klamath Bird Observatory at Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon

Klamath Bird Observatory is offering a Bird Banding Workshop at its Upper
Klamath Field Station in southern Oregon on July 24 – 28 2017.  This is a
North American Banding Council-approved training session with NABC-based
content and NABC-certified Trainer instructors.  Registration fees
contribute directly to funding our long-term monitoring and banding
training program.

The four days of classroom and hands-on instruction will provide an
excellent opportunity for individuals to experience an active bird
monitoring station and learn the skills needed for its operation.
Participants will receive training in bird safety, mist net use and
maintenance, data collection, bird identification, bird banding, and sexing
and ageing techniques through both hands-on instruction while capturing
birds and numerous seminars.  The workshop program has been developed for
people with little or no bird handling and banding experience, although is
also appropriate for those with intermediate skills for which it will build
upon their existing skills and knowledge.

This is an introductory course and participants will be exposed to the
fundamental skills and knowledge that serve as the foundation for becoming
a skilled bird bander.  Participants should not expect to emerge from this
workshop as qualified bird banders.  This course provides 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 registration fee is $1,600 per person and is non-refundable.
Registration includes all meals (including beverages and snacks) beginning
with dinner Monday July 24 and ending with lunch Friday July 28.  Space is
available for free tent camping at KBO’s Upper Klamath Field Station.
There is lodging nearby at the Rocky Point Resort, Lake of the Woods
Resort, Comfort Point Lodge, Harriman Springs Resort and Marina, (all with
rooms and/or cabins as well as RV and tent camping), the Crystalwood Lodge
B&B, Running Y Ranch Resort, and a few options on Airbnb (search Rocky
Point or Klamath Falls, Oregon).

Come for a top-notch banding learning experience and help keep our
long-running monitoring and training program going.  For more information
and to register please contact Bob Frey at bif<AT>

Registration deadline is June 26, 2017.

Bird banding Workshop, Yellow Rail and Rice Festival, November 3-5 2016, SW Louisiana (USA)
This fall, Erik I. Johnson will once again be leading a bird banding workshop as part of the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival, based out of Jennings,
Louisiana. The dates  this year will be November 3-5, 2016, with November 6 available as a potential rain make-up day. The 3-day workshop
is designed for beginner and intermediate level banders interested in gaining more exposure to and knowledge about bird molt, aging techniques, and
safely collecting data from songbirds and small rails. In addition  to working with Virginia Rails, Soras, and with luck, a few Yellow Rails, other
interesting species they often catch include Nelson's Sparrow, Le Conte's Sparrow, Marsh Wren, and Common Yellowthroat, and they have also had
a few captures of Grasshopper Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Sedge Wren.

They will offer both indoor classroom presentations, discussions, and learning activities, as well as hands-on application in the field. The cost of the workshop
is $180/person, but this does not include lodging or meals. More details about the workshop and festival can be found at the website link below.

The banding workshop will be limited to 20 people, so register soon to reserve your spot. Proceeds from the workshop will be used to support Yellow Rail
research. Let them know if you have any questions and please feel free to spread this announcement widely.

Erik I. Johnson, Ph.D.
Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Louisiana | National Audubon Society
Director, Louisiana Bird Observatory
Certified Trainer, North American Banding Council

Antigua & Barbuda: Call for rat eradication volunteers for Redonda Restoration Programme (deadline 1st October)
The Redonda Restoration Programme is seeking
eight volunteers to eradicate a large population of black rats (Rattus rattus) from the rugged and remote island of Redonda, a dependency of Antigua in the West Indies. At least five interns are required to have advanced mountaineering and rope access experience.

Redonda will become the 16th Antiguan island to be cleared of invasive alien mammals since 1995, and this work is expected to have substantial benefits for native wildlife, including major seabird colonies, rare plants and at least three Critically Endangered lizard species.
The internships are being advertised and administered by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on behalf of all the organisations involved in the restoration programme, including the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the Environmental Awareness Group, the British Mountaineering Council, Island Conservation and Wildlife Management International Ltd (WMIL). The team leader of the rat eradication operation is Elizabeth 'Biz' Bell from WMIL.

Further information and terms of references should be downloaded
it from

Alternatively, write to Dr Jenny Daltry (jenny.daltry @f and she will be happy to send the document to you and answer any questions.

A recent media release about the project, containing photos of the island, can be viewed at:

Rat Eradication Interns, Redonda

Volunteers will be required to camp for extended periods on Redonda to distribute rat bait and monitor the results under the direction of the Rat Eradication Team Leader (Elizabeth Bell, WMIL) and the Mountaineering Adviser:
Start Date - 1st February 2017
Duration - 8-12 weeks total
Location - Redonda and Antigua, West Indies
Expenses: This is an unpaid internship. FFI will provide some expenses such as food, accommodation and economy airfare to Antigua, and transport (typically by helicopter) between Antigua and Redonda.
Hours: Fieldwork will be conducted during daylight hours only, with an extended rest period at midday. Interns will typically alternate between 10 days working on Redonda and four days resting on Antigua, but must be willing to be flexible in case of changes in transport schedule, weather and other factors.
Please note: Redonda is an arid island with very challenging terrain, including high cliffs and rough boulder fields over much of the island. As there is little natural shade, this internship is not suitable for persons who do not cope well with high temperatures. Applicants should have excellent English language skills and camping experience. The living conditions on Redonda will be very basic, but tents will be provided.
Expressions of interest, consisting of a statement of interest and a full CV should be submitted electronically to Dr Jenny Daltry at jenny.daltry @
Please mark your application ‘Rat Eradication Intern, Redonda’.
The closing date for expressions of interest is 1st October, 2016.

Jenny Daltry, PhD, FRGS

Senior Conservation Biologist and Head of Caribbean
Fauna & Flora International  |

Bird banding workshop and NABC certification session in Belize
There are spots still available for the workshop and the certification.
Workshop: October 23-27, 2016 (arrival on the 22nd)
Certification: October 28-29 (arrival on the 27th)
Cost*: $850 US/person (workshop only), $400 US/person (certification session
only), $1,250 US/person (workshop and certification)
Hosting Center. Does not include flights to Belize. Certification session
*Cost includes instruction, all lodging and meals, plus tax at the T.R.E.E.S
T.R.E.E.S and the International Airport) is extra and depending on desired
fees include the NABC registration fee. In-country transportation (to/from mode will be between $35 US and $150 US for a return trip/person. We will
workshop will not provide the experience to pass the certification. Prior
arrange this in-country transportation. Participants may register for either the workshop or certification session or both. **Please note that the banding experience is necessary.
NABC trainers. Instruction will be primarily field-based in small groups
About the Training: After two years of successful NABC workshops in Belize, this fall banding workshop is back by popular demand! Over the 5-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of bird banding from certified
with no experience to those with plenty. For those wishing to become
(max. 3 per trainer), while classroom style discussions will review: the history of bird banding, bird banding techniques, Pyle, Bird Topography, Molt, and other pertinent topics. The workshop is tailored for participants
certified (see for requirements) at the Assistant, Bander,
or Trainer level, the session will take place immediately following the
Register: Contact us at registration @ to register or request additional
information. Only 12 spaces for the workshop and 6 spaces for the
certification session are available. Register today to reserve your space.

The Western Bird Banding Association ANNUAL MEETING at Point Reyes Station, California

October 6-9, 2016

The 2016 meeting’s theme is “Making ornithological history: past and present”

The Western Bird Banding Association is pleased to invite you to our annual meeting, hosted jointly by Institute for Bird Populations and Point Blue Conservation Science, at Point Reyes Station, California. Point Reyes Station is on scenic Tomales Bay, and  adjacent to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Nearby rivers, wetlands,  rocky headlands, and coastal scrub offer plenty of possibilities for birding trips and recreation as well as the opportunity to visit banding stations originated by the visionary founders of Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue) in 1965. The meeting will include demonstrations and workshops on a diverse array of bird research, banding, data management,and analysis of banding data. In addition, there will be an Advanced Molt and Ageing Workshop led by  renowned bird expert Peter Pyle. Evening  sessions will include catered meals, campfires and live music as well as a special panel of esteemed researchers and a presentation by the founders and biologists from Point Blue, Institute of Bird Populations and Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. The panel's discussion  theme is making ornithological history, over the last 50 years and to  this day.

Visit the meeting webpage for information regarding registration and abstract submission:

See you in Point Reyes!
-- Jared D. Wolfe, PhD USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Klamath Bird Observatory Research Associate

PhD Student Opening - Bahama Oriole Project - Omland Lab UMBC (Bahamas)

PhD student sought for conservation biology project on the critically endangered Bahama Oriole. Research team is being led by Kevin Omland, Biology, UMBC, in collaboration with researchers in geography at UMBC (Colin Studds, avian population ecology; Matt Fagan, remote sensing and forest birds) and Scott Sillett (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute). The student could choose to focus on any one or two aspects of the project including: 1) population size estimation and habitat usage, 2) breeding ecology including cowbird parasitism and predation by introduced predators, 3) remote sensing and details of habitat usage in breeding and non-breeding season (in relation to fire and climate change), and 4) conservation genetics of populations on three different parts of Andros (and relative to the extirpated population from Abaco). Please contact Kevin Omland and look for Omland, Studds and Sillett at the upcoming NAOC meeting in Washington DC. Please send CV and short paragraph on research interests. 

Kevin Omland, omland @, cell 301-332-7749

Colin Studds,

Matt Fagan, mfagan @

Scott Sillett, silletts @

The Bahama Oriole Project is a collaboration between the Omland Lab (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and the Bahamas National Trust. 

Kevin Omland, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences
UMBC Presidential Research Professor 2016-2019

Department of Biological Sciences
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Bird banding field course: Eagle Hill, Maine, USA, August 21-27 2016
Dave Brinker and Adrienne J. Leppold be hosting their second field methods
course next month at Eagle Hill in Steuben, Maine (USA). It will primarily be
focused on using banding as a tool for studying migration with morning mist
netting sessions and afternoon/nighttime raptor trapping. They will supplement
in-hand training in the field with classroom presentations on raptor ID,
history of banding in ornithological research, molt and aging and sexing,
to name a little of what you can expect.

It will run from Aug. 21-27, 2016. Please visit
for more information and to register. It is a very affordable course in a
beautiful location along the rocky Maine coast (and the food is unbeatable!)

They have set a maximum number of participants so everyone can receive
personal training and attention, so register TODAY!

Adrienne J. Leppold, University of Maine, School of Biology and Ecology

Bird banding internship with Costa Rica Bird Observatories, Costa Rica, Central America

Proposed Internship with Costa Rica Bird Observatories at Madre Selva - Cerro de la Muerte, at Tortuguero National Park, and at INBioparque - Santo Domingo de Heredia in San Jose.
The Costa Rica Bird Observatories are looking for experienced banders and bander assistants who can work at our three bird monitoring stations: Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean coast, Madre Selva in the Costa Rican highlands, and INBio in the rural suburbs of the Central Valley. Participants are expected to have experience in identifying birds, and they are usually required to have removed from mist nets and processed at least 200 landbirds.
For more information check out our web site at:
and contact Pablo Elizondo jpelizondo @
and CC: Dr. C. John Ralph cjr2 @

NABC Certification Session: 9-11 September 2016, Powdermill Avian Research Center, Pennsylvania, USA 

The North American Banding Council (NABC) will be holding a Certification
Session for passerines on September 9-11, 2016 at Powdermill Avian Research
Center (PARC).  Testing will be available at the bander level for up to six
candidates, and at the trainer level for up to three candidates.  If space
permits, candidates will also be accepted at the assistant bander level;
contact Andrea Patterson for more information.

Bander-level 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.  Candidates not yet bander certified may apply for both
the bander and trainer candidate positions, and will be evaluated for
trainer based on first passing the bander certification at this session.
Trainer candidates should note that we will be field testing a new trainer
evaluation protocol; up-to-date information on expectations and procedures
will be sent at the time of application or upon request.

Applications and information, including the Expectations for Bander-level
Candidates, may be obtained from the NABC website at <>.  Applications should be
submitted no later than August 20 to Andrea Patterson, 144 Greystone Lane
#24, Rochester, NY 14618; phone 585-490-5361; <
andrea.j.patterson @>.  Please include a CV detailing past
experiences banding landbirds and extracting birds from mistnets, including
approximate numbers of birds and species handled, number of seasons, etc.
Accepted candidates will be notified no later than August 25.

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.  Checks or money orders should be
made out to Andrea Patterson, and sent with the application.

Andrea Patterson Education Director, Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

III Festival de las Aves, Medellín, Colombia, 2016

94th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association (USA)

The 94th annual meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association
will be held April 8-10, 2016 in Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia. 
Our theme is "Birding with a purpose: banding to further conservation" and our keynote speaker
will be renowned naturalist, writer and bird bander Scott Weidensaul.  Members and non-members
are invited to attend.  Please see our meeting website for more details:

The Ninth Annual Parrots International Symposium, November 20-22, 2015

Brazil Convention Center Theatre Germano de Barros
Campo Grande
Mato Grosso do Sul

General Information and updates ---

Mark Stafford
Parrots International

2015 Raptor Research Foundation Conference, November 4-8, Sacramento, CA (USA)

Eagle Hill Institute (Maine, USA) week-long seminar/course on birds

(from BIRDBAND forum)

This summer, Adrienne Jo Leppold and David Brinker will be offering the first ever Eagle Hill Institute (Maine, USA) week-long seminar/course on birds. Technically, it's Advanced Field Methods for Studying Songbird and Raptor Migration. This will primarily be a hands on field course but will be accompanied by in classroom lectures on ageing and sexing techniques, data analysis/interpretation, specimen ID, etc.

It will be held from August 23-29. Attached the flyer announcement for the course with more detailed information on what to expect and about the instructors.

Follow this link to more information on cost and registration info: 

Please forward this information along to anyone you think might be interested!

Bird-banding internships at the Palomarin Field Station

Interns needed at Point Blue Conservation Science's Palomarin Field Station on the Marin County coast, north of San Francisco, in Point Reyes National Seashore (California, United States of America).  We have been studying songbirds at the Palomarin Field Station since 1966, with special focus on the demographics of Wrentits and Song Sparrows. Intern positions are primarily for mist-netting and banding in coastal scrub, Douglas-fir forest, and riparian habitats. Interns will become proficient in landbird monitoring techniques and learn about various aspects of avian ecology, conservation science, natural history, and climate-smart conservation (e.g., hands-on and via scientific literature). Interns will hike banding trails to check mist nets, learn safe bird extraction and handling techniques, and learn to band and collect information on species identification, age, sex, and morphometrics for many species of landbirds. Responsibilities may also include habitat assessment, plant phenology monitoring, conducting area search surveys, resighting color banded birds, public outreach, and an independent project. Interns will also participate in the North American Banding Council bander certification process. All internships include data entry. Expect long hours in the field and office. Duration: August 1 or 15 to November 2015.

Qualifications: Self-motivation, a sense of humor, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office are required. Participants must be able to work independently as well as in groups. Exposure to poison oak is unavoidable. A functioning pair of binoculars is required. Some of our internships require the use of a personal vehicle, current proof of insurance, and a driver's license. Any use of personal vehicles will be reimbursed at a standard per-mile rate. Compensation: This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($850 per month, gross).  On-site housing is provided. To Apply: email a letter of interest to Renée Cormier (; +1 415.868.0655 ext. 316) describing previous experience with field research, specific dates of availability, and whether or not you have a vehicle; a resume; and contact information for three references (please also note if applying to other positions within Point Blue). Applications are accepted until all positions filled.

Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.


Renee Cormier, Avian Ecologist

Point Blue Conservation Science

Palomarin Field Station

PO Box 1157 / 999 Mesa Rd., Bolinas CA 94924, USA

+1 415.868.0655 ext. 316

+1 415.497.0519 (cell)

Banding opportunities in Guatemala

The Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation (FUNDAECO) of Guatemala has carried out a bird monitoring program using bird banding since 1992.  Every year, we need the assistance of at least 2 volunteers for program activities.  Once in Guatemala, all expenses are payed, including pick-up at the airport (and upon return to where the volunteer travels to), hotel fees for one night in Guatemala City, travel to and from Guatemala City to banding sites, and room and board.  If the applicant is trained in banding (at least three weeks of experience), the minimum stay is three weeks.  If the applicant has no banding experience, minimum stay is one month (one week of training and three weeks of volunteering). The banding season lasts two months and a half, starting in mid-january, and volunteers are free to stay for the whole season or until the end of the season upon arrival. Field technicians are not fluent in English, so basic Spanish is desirable, although not required.  Working conditions are relatively hard, with field days extending from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and camping is necessary in two of ten banding sites, so the applicant must be in good physical condition.  Given other conditions of the volunteering position (many days sharing many hours with other field technicians and biologists),  a good working and co-habiting disposition is necessary.  A short letter or reference (by email) is desirable, but not required. Applications are welcomed until the 5th of January of each year. Contact persons are:

Alexis Cerezo:, and Miguel Ramírez:


Location: Great Abaco and Cat Islands, Bahamas.
With the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Website: 

Duration: 5 weeks. Job Type: Temporary. Application Deadline: 1 Jan 2015. We are looking for one experienced field assistant to assist with Kirtland’s Warbler and vegetation surveys on Great Abaco and Cat Islands in the Bahamas. In addition to searching for previously undiscovered wintering locations of the Kirtland’s Warbler, we are also testing some hypotheses about habitat preferences in winter. For more information on the larger project please visit A stipend of $1000 will be provided, and all expenses (i.e., food, lodging, and travel from the US to the Bahamas) will be covered (valid passport necessary). Tentative dates are March 11 – April 13, 2015. Schedule will vary but plan to spend at least six days a week working 8-10 hours per day. Qualifications: Experience with passerine identification, standardized bird surveys, and vegetation sampling highly preferred. To apply please combine a cover letter (one-page only) and a resume with 3 references into a single .pdf document and email to NATHAN COOPER, Ph.D. (EM: kiwajob AT

Technical standards for bird ringing in Spain 

July 23rd, 2014, the State Commission for Natural Heritage and Biodiversity (Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment), adopted the "Standards for bird ringing in Spain" (100 KB, in Spanish), which officially collected the rules governing the activity in two Spanish bird ringing institutions: the Migratory Species Office (OEM), managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (in collaboration with SEO/BirdLife) and the Aranzadi Ringing Office (Society of Sciences Aranzadi, Basque Country).
In addition to these two ringing institutions, there are three others: Catalan Institute of Ornithology (ICO, Catalonia), the Balearic Group of Ornithology and Nature Defense (GOB, Balearic Islands) and the Doñana Biological Station (EBD/CSIC, mainly Andalusia), which have their own rules and standards.

Field assistants to work with wintering warblers in Jamaica

We're looking for 5-6 field technicians to work on a study of American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla), Yellow Warblers (Setophaga petechia), and Ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) in Jamaica. Project dates are approximately January 10th to May 15th, 2015.

Assistants can expect 8-10 days in the field, six days per week, walking in flooded mangrove forests sometimes inhabited by crocodiles and maneuvering through dense and thorny second growth scrub. Flexibility with hot, buggy working conditions, work schedule, and living situation is absolutely key to success at this position. Competitive applicants will be very self-motivated, have the ability to re-sight and follow tiny color-banded birds and extract songbirds quickly and safely from mist nets. Experience collecting foraging behavioral data on small songbirds and banding and bleeding experience are all preferred, but not required. The majority of field work (80%) will involve mapping warbler territories, but will also include some banding, vegetation measurements, and data entry. This is an all-expenses paid volunteer position (i.e., no salary, but travel to and from Jamaica as well as home-cooked Jamaican food and comfortable seaside lodging are provided).

Our funding agency has encouraged us to promote "broadening participation in biology", so we strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups (particularly if Jamaican or otherwise Caribbean) to apply. Non-U.S. citizens may apply but we can only cover airfare from North America or the Caribbean to Jamaica. We are also considering hiring a Yellow Warbler crew leader who would receive a stipend (approx. $200/ week); if you feel you are particularly well qualified, please note your interest in the crew leader position and whether you would still be interested in the field assistant position if you are not selected as the crew leader. Crew leader applicants should have strong organizational skills, experience in an independent field leadership role and be proficient at target netting and banding small songbirds. Send an email with the subject “Jamaican Field Assistant” or "Jamaican Crew Leader" to MER MIETZELFELD ( by October 6th, 2014. There should be only one PDF attached called LastnameFirstname.pdf that includes the following: 1) a one page max cover letter, 2) a resume/CV, and 3) contact info for 3 references.

Louisiana Bird Observatory (LABO) newsletter, 1(3), summer 2014
Banders may be interested in the latest edition of the Louisiana Bird Observatory (LABO) newsletter available here:
Past issues can be found here:

Ontario Bird Banding Association newsletter, 59(2), summer 2014
Banders may be interested in the latest edition of the Ontario Bird Banding Association newsletter available here:

Banding internships in Costa Rica, starting mid-July 2014

The Costa Rican Bird Observatories (CRBO) is looking for experienced banders and bander assistants who can work at our three bird monitoring stations: Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean coast, Madre Selva in the Costa Rican highlands, and INBio in the rural suburbs of the Central Valley. 

The Costa Rica Bird Observatories is a nationwide partnership that promotes bird conservation, monitoring and education.  Through a series of partnerships and many stations across the country we gather, preserve, and analyze bird monitoring data and generate tools that enhance and promote bird conservation, serving as a model to be implemented across the Americas.  We work in collaboration with the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), the US Forest Service, and Klamath Bird Observatory. 

Minimum stay is one to two month, preferably 2.  We can assist with travel expenses, based on experience and length of stay. For more details look at and check out Internships tab and "Apply for Internship". 

A typical internship will include census and netting birds at several comfortable stations with housing and food provided from the coastal zones to higher elevations. 

Dr. C. John Ralph 
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Research Station
1700 Bayview Drive, Arcata, California 95521 

IV Costa Rican Ornithologist Congress

This is a invitation to participate in the most important ornithological event in Costa Rica: “IV Costa Rican Ornithologist Congress”, hosted by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica between April 22 and 24, 2014. 

The abstract reception starts on April 1st:
Cost and registration information is available on the Unión de Ornitólogos de Costa Rica web page:

See you there this year,

Luis Sandoval
Organizer committee

New taxonomic reference list of South American birds

(from NEOORN-L forum) Juan Cuello's colossal compilation Lista de Aves de Sudamérica is finally on line and available for download in pdf format:

The list provides detailed taxonomic information, including original citations, absolute synonyms, and type localities for all species and subspecies of birds that inhabit South America. Regarding questions and suggestions about the list itself, contact Juan Cuello (

Santiago Claramunt
Department of Ornithology
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street,
New York, NY 10024

Bird Sounds of Ecuador, A comprehensive collection

(from NEOORN-L forum) John V. Moore (John V. Moore Nature Recordings) is announcing that a
 comprehensive DVD of bird vocalizations for Ecuador is complete and at the duplicators.

This final publication by John V. Moore Nature Recordings of the bird vocalizations from Ecuador culminates over 20 years of work, commencing with the publication of the 80-minute cassette Sounds of La Selva in 1993. In this new publication we combine all of our previous 11 publications into a single DVD with 9670 separate recordings of 1501 species in MP3 format. 2944 of the  recordings were not published in our previous publications. Only 58% of all the recordings were made by the three authors. Thus, we have relied on altogether 156 recordists to assemble what we consider the most complete published sound presentation for a bird rich area. Of course, we are biased!

Bird Sounds of Ecuador, A comprehensive collection. John V. Moore, Niels Krabbe, and Olaf Jahn with special contributions from M. Lysinger, P. Coopmans, P. Mean V, A. Spencer, R.S. Ridgely, D.F. Lane, J. Nisslon, N. Athanas, L. Navarrette and 144 other recordists. 1 MP3 DVD -- Suggested Retail Price: $37.50


The DVD also contains is a digital booklet with detailed recording data in PDF, WORD and EXCEL format as well as other pertinent information. The recordings have no verbal announcements, are in MP3 format and the files are labeled (tagged) with embedded metadata, allowing searches for particular recordings on multi-media organizing software such as iTunes and mobile devices such as iPod, iPhone or Palm. Our goal is to achieve a high degree of completeness, not only presenting song repertoires but also a wide variety of calls and mechanical sounds.


The publication should be ready for distribution within a month.


We have dedicated the publication to Paul Coopmans who, until his untimely death in 2006, was perhaps the number one expert on Ecuadorian bird vocalizations. His incredible library of recordings and complete attention to detail made him an indispensable member of the group that produced most of our Ecuador publications. He undoubtedly would have been one of the primary authors of this publication,and his unmatched knowledge and friendship are sorely missed.

John V. Moore Nature Recordings

Hope the Whimbrel re-trapped in St. Croix!

(from BirdsCaribbean forum) Hope, a whimbrel carrying a satellite transmitter, has been captured and the non-working satellite transmitter on her removed.  The bird has been tracked by a team of researchers led by the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University (CCB) through her migratory travels since she was captured on Box Tree Creek in Northampton County, Virginia on 19 May, 2009.  Since that time she has traveled more than 50,000 miles (80,000 kilometers) back and forth 4 times between breeding grounds on the Mackenzie River Delta in the Northwest Territories of Canada and her wintering territory on Great Pond, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  She arrived this year at Great Pond in early September and shortly afterwards her signal was lost.  It became apparent through photographs taken by local bird researchers that the antenna had fallen off of the transmitter.  A CCB biologist (with assistance from local researchers) captured Hope on 20 November, 2012 and removed the transmitter.  The unique alpha-numeric leg bands were left on the bird and Hope was resighted in her territory by local bird expert Lisa Yntema on 28 November.

Great Pond, Hope’s winter home for at least the last four winters, is a 50 hectare mangrove wetland located on the southeast coast of St. Croix.  The area is designated as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International and supports at least 72 bird species during some portion of their life cycle.  These include locally rare breeding birds such as the Least Tern and Wilson’s Plover and many migrant shorebird species besides whimbrels.  Great Pond and the adjacent East End Marine Park are managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Planning and Natural Resources, U.S. Virgin Islands, who collaborated with and provided logistical support to CCB in the trapping of Hope.

Hope has taught the research community a great deal about the migratory pathways and habits of whimbrels. Her high fidelity to breeding, wintering, and migration sites shows the importance of each stage of the life cycle in conserving whimbrels and other shorebirds. An incident in the fall of 2011 highlights the importance of these safe stopover sites, when Hope and Machi (also a whimbrel) were tracked during fall migration.  Both flew through Tropical Storm Maria, with Hope landing in protected lands on St. Croix, and Machi landing in Guadeloupe, an island known for unregulated shorebird hunting.  Hope made it through the storm safely, as did Machi, but Machi was shot and killed just minutes upon her arrival to Guadeloupe.

Hope is one of two dozen birds that have been tracked in a collaborative effort between The Center for Conservation Biology, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Non-game Division, Canadian Wildlife Service, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and Virginia Coastal Zone Management designed to discover migratory routes that connect breeding and winter areas and to identify migratory staging areas that are critical to the conservation of this declining species.

Attached is a photo of Hope being released by Lisa Yntema, local bird expert who was instrumental in helping trap this whimbrel by taking detailed notes of locations of Hope during weekly shorebird surveys, allowing for nearly perfect trap placement.  This photo was taken after non-working transmitter was removed from the bird.

Fletcher Smith

Research Biologist

The Center for Conservation Biology

The College of William and Mary/Virginia Commonwealth University

Williamsburg, VA

Piranga: a new instructional tool for bird banders

The Canadian Bird-banding office is pleased to announce the availability of a new instructional tool, Piranga, developed in consultation with the North American Banding Council. Modeled after its sister-program, Dendroica, this online training tool is designed to help bird-banders refine their ageing and sexing abilities through the use of images. Piranga is designed to be used in conjunction with Pyle and other standard bander references, allowing the user to quickly match a written description with an image.

 Banders can target the species they want to study by using customized lists, and can then quiz themselves on species, age and sex of individual birds. It is also designed so that you, as part of the banding community, can help to make it better.

Piranga is fully operational in French, English and Spanish, with a comment function (in whatever language the user feels most comfortable) allowing for discussion of birds that are challenging to age/sex. The site already has one or more photos posted for over 100 species of various ages and sexes, but we need your help to add photos to each species and to expand the list of represented species -- ideally we'd like photos for each age/sex class for every species in the Western Hemisphere. The program is quick and easy to use, so log on (registration is free), explore and upload your images so that banders across the continent can benefit from your experience. Be sure to look up the Yellow Warbler or the American Goldfinch accounts which already have many photos of each age/sex class (tip: try making a custom list with just these species and quizzing yourself!).

By uploading your images, you will be helping to improve the quality of banding data throughout the Americas.

Discover Piranga today by clicking here:

"Las aves de Puerto Rico en vídeo" DVD presentation

With this dynamic and attractive video (
Birds of Puerto Rico on video), Producciones FelPe invites us to learn about the natural heritage of Puerto Rico, part of one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. It is the most comprehensive visual resource on the island avifauna and show 160 species with their vocalizations, nesting, behavior, food and habitats. Within an hour, the viewer will have the opportunity to explore diverse ecosystems and enjoy the wonders that these passionate videographers have recorded for nearly 15 years.You will be delighted to discover how beautiful and interesting are our birds!

Adrianne G. Tossas Cavalliery, Ph.D.

ecologist and author of "Birds of Puerto Rico for children"

26th International Ornithological Congress (IOC), Tokyo (Japan)

In August 2014 the 26th International Ornithological Congress will be held in Tokyo, Japan. This is an invitation to submit proposals for symposia and for plenary speakers. The deadline for submitting proposals has now been extended to the end of July. Even though they have received a number of interesting proposals, fewer were submitted than anticipated.

All proposals or symposia are welcomed, on any aspect of ornithology, preferably submitted by convenors from different continents or at least countries.

Please check the IOC website for further information, or do not hesitate to contact by email:

Erik Matthysen, SPC chair (erik.matthysen @
Keisuke Ueda, Congress Convener (keisuke @

New species of bird identified in Colombia

(from Wildlife Extra News, June 2012) With more than 1880 species, Colombia has the highest number of recorded bird species of any country, and this week Colombian ornithologists have unveiled the discovery of a brand new endemic species of bird, the Antioquia Wren.

The new species of Wren (Thryophilus sernai) was found in the dry Cauca River Canyon, a narrow valley enclosed by forests, in NW Colombia, just 45 minutes outside the city of Medellin. The latest addition to the wren family can be told apart from its counterparts by its unique plumage coloration, the pattern of barring on its wings and tail, its smaller body size, and its distinctive birdsong. The identification of this wren was the result of a two-year project by Colombian ornithologists Andrés Cuervo, Daniel Cadena, Diego Valderrama and Sandra Calderon.

(Photo: Antioquia Wren by Carlos Esteban Lara)

III Reunión Ecuatoriana de Ornitología

Published the second circular of the Third Ornithological Ecuadorian Meeting (Reunión Ecuatoriana de Ornitología), with details about important dates, registration process and guidelines for talks and posters submission.

For inquiries, write to:

Organizing Committee

III Reunión Ecuatoriana de Ornitología

Bird color variations speed up evolution

(from ScienceDaily) Researchers have found that bird species with multiple plumage colour forms within in the same population, evolve into new species faster than those with only one colour form, confirming a 60-year-old evolution theory.

The global study used information from birdwatchers and geneticists accumulated over decades and was conducted by University of Melbourne scientists Dr Devi Stuart-Fox and Dr Andrew Hugall (now based at the Melbourne Museum) and is published in the journal Nature.

The link between having more than one colour variation (colour polymorphism) like the iconic red, black or yellow headed Gouldian finches, and the faster evolution of new species was predicted in the 1950s by famous scientists such as Julian Huxley, but this is the first study to confirm the theory.

More info here.

Black-capped Petrel may warrant protection under the Endangered Species ACT

A nocturnal seabird, the black-capped petrel, may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species.

Endangered means the species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range; threatened means the species is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

The black-capped petrel is found in North America and the Caribbean, and is known by several common names: “black-capped petrel,” “capped petrel,” and “West Indian petrel” in North America and on English-speaking islands.  In the Greater and Lesser Antilles, the bird is also known as “diablotín” (little devil).  In Cuba, the bird also is referred to as “bruja” (witch).

This decision, commonly known as a 90-day finding, is based on scientific information about the species presented by WildEarth Guardians in a petition to list the species and designate critical habitat, as well as information found in Service files at the time the petition was received.  The Service will now conduct a thorough status review of the species to determine whether the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (Act).

More info here.

Tying a Mist Net
(from BIRDBAND forum) The Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO) has begun to develop a series of short instructional videos covering basic to
advanced aspects of bird monitoring. I'll post them here as more are developed and/or changes are made, and I will post a permanent location
at a later date. For now they are hidden from public viewing, but feel free to circulate widely to anyone that would benefit. The first installment of the LPBO Technical series tackles the very simple but integral skill of tying a mist net pole. There is of course many
ways to tie a net pole, but this video shows a method used for decades at LPBO:

Numbered neck collars for long-distance identification of parakeets in the city of Barcelona (Spain)

The vast majority of parrots, parakeets and cockatoos are difficult to mark because of their strong beaks and the ability to manipulate objects. This paper presents the development of a marking method, which is numbered medals hanging from a small collar. From 2003 to 2009 they used this method to monitor Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) and Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) in the city of Barcelona (NE Spain). They marked 881 Monk Parakeets and 88 Ring-necked Parakeets. Fifteen tags placed on adult Monk Parakeets in 2003 (N= 57) lasted until 2008 and nine until 2009. Three of 12 Ring-necked Parakeets marked in 2003 were resighted in 2008. It is estimated that 4.5% of the medals and 5.8% of the collars were lost in about 347 and 370 days respectively. Behavioral observations revealed no differences in the time budgets of marked and unmarked Monk Parakeets. In addition, the body mass of marked Monk Parakeets did not change between successive recaptures. These results suggest that neck collars had no adverse effects on the birds. Neck collars may also be a suitable marking method for other psittacines, with stronger, more durable components likely needed for larger species. (Photo: Pierino Perrone)

Senar, J.C.,  Carrillo-Ortiz, J. & Arroyo, L. 2012. Numbered neck collars for long-distance identification of parakeets. J. Field Ornithol. 83: 180–185.

2nd Venezuelan Congress of Ornithology

Sent the first circular of the 2nd Venezuelan Congress of Ornithology to be held in Maracaibo (Zulia state, Venezuela), from December 21st to 23rd 2012. More information available on the web:

Ms. Rosanna Calchi
General Coordinator
Organizing Committee IICVO
Facultad Experimental de Ciencias/Universidad del Zulia (LUZ)
Unión Venezolana de Ornitólogos (UVO)

Bird banding workshop (theoretical and practical) in Guanare (Venezuela)

On the coming days: April 26, 27, 28 and 29th 2012 there will be held in the city of Guanare (Portuguesa State, Venezuela), at Mesa de Cavacas campus (UNELLEZ-Guanare, National Experimental University of the Western Llanos "Ezequiel Zamora") the third workshop, theoretical and practical, about bird banding.
The registration fee is 100 Bs/25 USD (students) and 130 Bs/30 USD (professionals).

For more information contact Prof. Alexis Araujo Quintero (Museum of Zoology, Guanare) phone 0058 4265588634 or send an email:    

2nd Uruguayan Congress of Zoology

Sent the first circular of the 2nd Uruguayan Congress of Zoology to be held in Montevideo (Uruguay),
from 9 to 14 December 2012.
More information available on the website of the Zoological Society of Uruguay:

Caribbean Flamingo with PVC band in Cuba

(from BirdsCaribbean forum) - Lourdes Múgica inform that February 26th 2012, at Las Salinas, Ciénaga de Zapata/Zapata Swamp (Cuba), there was a young Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) with yellow PVC band (black inscription). Observers were Alieny González, Martín Acosta and Lourdes Múgica. 
As reported by Xiomara Gálvez (coordinator of Flamingo Conservation Program from Niños y Crías AC), this bird was tagged in September 2011 in Punta Meco, Yucatan (Mexico). More information about flamingos banding project in the Caribbean, here.

Bird banding workshop (theoretical and practical) in Guanare (Venezuela)

On the coming days: March 29, 30th, 31st and April 1st 2012 there will be held in the city of Guanare (Portuguesa State, Venezuela), at Mesa de Cavacas campus (UNELLEZ-Guanare, National Experimental University of the Western Llanos "Ezequiel Zamora") the second workshop, theoretical and practical, about bird banding. The registration fee is 100 Bs/25 USD (students) and 130 Bs/30 USD (professionals).

For more information contact Prof. Alexis Araujo Quintero (Museum of Zoology, Guanare) phone 0058 4265588634 or send an email: 

 Banded Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) at Buche beach (Venezuela)

Control site
Buche beach, Edo. Miranda, Venezuela
Control date: February 15th, 2012
Observer: Dorgelis Alcocer (photographer)

Notes: Metal bands could not be read. In a group of 6 Royal Terns, two birds showed a single metal band. Surely these birds were banded in the eastern United States coast or in a Caribbean island (e.g. Aruba or Puerto Rico), but it was not possible to establish the banding place.

Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii) with new plastic "field-readable" colorbands

Jeff Spendelow and his team began using a new type of plastic field-readable (PFR) colorband this year which is GREATLY superior in "readability" to the metal federal bands.  The new bands have a 3-character complex of a letter and two numbers engraved 3 times so that they can be read vertically in a straight line (see photo below).

Young birds from Falkner Island, Connecticut (former study site) have been given yellow bands with black characters starting with the letter "H".  Young (and a few adults) from colony sites in the Gulf of Maine and Canada have been given red bands with white characters beginning with the letters A, B, C, D, E, H, J and N.

Banded Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) at laguna de Píritu (Venezuela)

Control site
laguna de Píritu, Edo. Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Control date: February 28th, 2011
Aurora Sanz Agreda (MINAMB) (photographer)

Notes: Metal bands could not be read. In a group of terns, at least 12 Royal Terns showed a single metal band. Surely these birds were banded in the eastern United States coast or in a Caribbean island (e.g. Aruba or Puerto Rico), but it was not possible to establish the banding place

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