MASTERPIECE! A BIG 10!
Neil Multack – Center for Biological Diversity
Wonderful! Expert instructors and priceless hands-on experience.
Non-intimidating and fun! A 10 experience!
Kimberly Hancock – Hemmera
A 10 experience! I enjoyed learning so much more about birds and
being able to handle them.
10! Terrific! Lots of good info – opportunity to practice very good
The entire course provided great learning value. The content and
pace aree well thought out and the field session was an excellent
complement to the classroom – great job – 10!
A 10 experience! We were very pleased – Derek’s style of teaching is
Linda Cline & Jim Carr
GREAT! Now to apply the knowledge learned!
Julie Nielsen – Keystone Environmental
It was awesome – It really helped me learn more about birds – well
organized – very supportive – loved it!
A 10 experience – perfect – very helpful – great!
Excellent – a 10 experience! We will look into teaching our
employees with similar courses by Derek – Thanks!
Overall amazing experience! Loved each second! Will definitely be
out to volunteer – Thank you both!
A 10 experience! Informative and enjoyable – First time bird holder!
Tonya Fallstrom – Burrowing Owl Conservation Society
A 10! It was perfect – The class was a great mix of classroom
teaching, in-class practice activities, and hands on outdoor
A 10 experience – not enough time to ask questions but really great
– Thank you!
10 experience! Truly excellent – Your knowledge of and passion for
the material and for avian conservation is an inspiration!
Robin Naidoo – World Wildlife Fund
10 experience! Fast paced with every minute used to provide
excellent learning opportunities – all done with great, good humour!
A 10 experience! Fantastic – I’m tired and satisfied and excited to
commute up north to band some birds!
Kelley Palmer-McCarty – North Cascades Audubon Society
A 10 experience! Another fantastic course!
Nicolas de Jongh - YVR Wildlife
15!! :o) It was an amazing experience, giving me new tools that I
hope to use at the banding station.
11! Amazing workshop that teaches very useful and powerful
techniques for ageing. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
Fantastic, all I need to say – Learnt so much - keep up the great
A 10 experience! It was a very well organized workshop that allowed
the intake of all the comprehensive information to flow and
eventually sink in! The field work was the best part!
A 10 experience! Great technical information to build on with
A 10 experience! A superb workshop, well paced, well structured and
enhanced my bird knowledge immeasurably!
A 10 experience – I am extremely impressed with the workshop. After
working with birds of all types, extensive travel birding, and a PhD
in ornithology this course taught me a lot!
Christine Bishop – Environment Canada
A 10 experience – Fantastic, motivating, encouraging and fun! The
experience of banding and releasing a bird is something unlike
anything I’ve ever experienced.
Neil Moss – British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
A 10 experience – Excellent material – comprehensively presented and
built on – Excellent instructor and support! Derek and carol thank
you for all your work in bringing awareness about birds!
10+ - Great group of people. BETTER than expected – You gave us
serious info that gives a wonderful base to expand on! Thank you so
much for providing this opportunity to learn and the knowledge to
Jeanette Rooseboom (Banding hopeful in training!)
A 10 experience!
A 10 experience - It was a privilege and a wonderful opportunity to
work out at Colony Farm and be exposed to such knowledgeable and
Marie Carr (Yukon Banding Club)
A 10 experience – challenging and tiring at times!
Jenny Auxier (Langley Field Naturalists Club)
A 10 experience – The course was excellent – material was engaging –
presentations very well thought out and organized. Derek and Carol
you are passionate about the material and excellent teachers – Thank
you for talking the itme to run this workshop and share your passion
Jasmin Dobson (Hemmera)
10! Excellent – Great combination of hands-on and theoretical – Keep
up the great work!
Ralph Heinrich (Triton Environmental Consultants)
10! I got to band birds! The hands-on aspect is really enjoyable and
the lesson aspect makes you appreciate birds much more – it was
Eleanor Duifhuis – (BCIT – FWR)
A 10 experience (sad it’s over!) I have been birding and taught
ornithology for many years – I was so amazed by the new knowledge I
have learned in 3 days! I had a blast doing so :o) Everyone at VARC
was fantastic – Thank you! See you again soon – Hooked on banding
A 10 experience – Wow! Wish I’d taken this 10 years ago!
A 10 experience – I feel like I’ve made a huge jump in my knowledge
and understanding of bird biology and morphology. It was a wild ride
– Thank you!
A 10 experience – This like the ID course is a true workshop – a
great mix of theory, review and practice in the classroom and in the
field. Greta you managed 2 field sessions!
The workshop was awesome at just the right pace and with hands on
experience – a 10 experience – Thank you!
Helpful, non-condescending and relaxed teaching style made me feel
comfortable right away – a 10 experience!
Wonderful, action packed, mind expanding and fun with birds! A 10!
It was absolutely wonderful and now I’m even more excited to go
banding – a 10 experience – see you next week!
Sarah Legros – MetroVancouver
Excellent, useful info. I feel like I actually came out with new
knowledge and skills I will be able to use even immediately – a 10
Krista Wuensche – University Fraser Valley
It was a real privilege to learn from Derek – also appreciated the
work of Carol and the folks at the banding station – I would
encourage VARC as an example to standardize banding certification –
20 out of 10!! Like always Derek and Carol you are amazing people
and Derek I say to everybody you are by far the best teacher I ever
had – Thank you :o)
10 experience – The course was wonderful – very thorough and a great
nitro to banding – Thank you!
Anne MacLeod – Sialia Biological Consulting
10 and A1! It was an excellent experience.
12 out of 10!! Extremely well organized, every minute was packed
with lots of info, taught at a good pace in a very supportive
environment – Derek’s enthusiasm is infectious!
10 experience! Amazing! A lot to learn and really fun – It was like
an accelerated banding course!
Vinci Au – University of British Columbia (UBC)
10 experience! I enjoyed being out in the field and the classroom
sessions gave a good background enough to understand what I am doing
while banding. The practical parts also showed I have lots to learn!
Thank you so much for the course and I hope you keep doing this!
Maki Sumitani – University of British Columbia (UBC)
Great – You guys are very enthusiastic which creates a really
10 experience - Tons of information, loved the field work with the
birds – Will recommend this course to other – Great job!
Karen Wheatley – Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (O.W.L.)
10 experience - Another amazing workshop! I learnt so much while at
the same time enjoying every minute! Thank you!
10 experience -
Everyone who wants to work with/study/enjoy birds should take
Nancy Flood – Thompson Rivers University
10 experience – Bird banding was the most remarkable experience!
10+ experience! Like the ID workshop I’ve been waiting for about 2
years to do this course and I wasn’t disappointed!
10 experience – It was an overall amazing experience – The amount of
material covered was comprehensive and fantastic
Wonderful experience – lots of very effective learning time
Marguerite Sans – Wildlife Rescue Association (WRA)
10 experience – excellent for all levels of knowledge – Very
informative with great hands on experience!
10 experience – Succinct summaries – reviews critical to retention –
hands on component was crucial top assimilating all the
David Bradbeer – Delta Farmlands and Wildlife Trust
10 experience! Professional, well organized – Carol you have
fabulous management skills – You have helped lift the fog and
confusion – Thanks!
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Your banding operation is outstanding and your working team approach
is professional and engaging.
Wendy Easton –
CWS (Canadian Wildlife Service)
Top notch teaching with good
understanding of how people learn. Mix of classroom and field ideal
also for learning. This was an intense and very exciting course. 10
– First rate course!
Krista De Groot - CWS (Canadian
A 10 experience – Great weekend – I
love my job but too bad I have to go to work tomorrow! I’m sure I’ll
be a better birder!
Christopher DiCorrado – Bird
I had the fabulous hands on experience
I was looking for, complimented by very interesting theory. A 10
Stephanie Louie – SNC-Lavalin
I loved it. I would highly recommend
it to others – Your passion is infectious! Thanks!
A 10 experience! Very positive,
handling birds Sunday was unexpected and a little daunting –
impressed at the pace, organization and content.
Great experience – excellent materials
and teaching – a 10 experience!
Extraordinarily well designed and well
organized course of instruction. Nice balance between theory and
practical. A 10 experience!
Trudy Kavanagh – UBC – Okanagan
The content of the course was very
comprehensive without getting too technical – review sheets were
good as they refocused me and I could refer back to them – a great
experience with lots of information to digest. Definitely a ‘10’
Marg Anderson – Burnaby Lake Parks Association
The reviews and exercise were helpful and I got what I wanted
out of the course – the overall experience was fascinating and
exhausting – my perspective on birds was enlarged by this course –
Budgie bite is much more painful than Chickadee bite!! Thank you for
providing this learning experience.
Colin McKenzie - Birder
This was an absolutely wonderful course
that opened my eyes to the incredible knowledge that bird banders
possess. I have already spoken to some of my friends about my
experiences, and they are interested in possibly participating in
this for themselves. Any suggestions for marketing this class that I
could possibly come up with, you have likely already heard of, but
the most powerful advertisement is word of mouth.
Thank you so much for your patience and
introducing me to such a wonderful new world. I’m truly grateful for
the experience and I hope I have the chance to see you at Burnaby
for some banding weekends.
Erin O’Connor – BCIT Student
I really enjoyed the workshop. It was very
well presented and I learned a lot. Derek is very knowledgeable and
was a great instructor, and Carol was also of a great help. I would
strongly recommend this workshop to anyone else.
Veronique Connolly – Canadian Wildlife
Service – Environment Canada
An excellent course for the person who
assists in banding operations and likes to study bird behaviour in
Roy Yates – Birder and Naturalist
The course was wonderfully well organized
and Carol’s contributions in keeping things running smoothly and
intuiting the mood of the class were as valuable as Derek’s
I was very excited about attending the course, and came away tired,
but with a renewed enthusiasm for birds and bird banding. I am so
glad I was able to attend.
Peter Lawrance - Park Interpretation
Leader – Metro Vancouver
The pace was perfect, the review sheets
were very helpful - I enjoyed the classes and instructors and
learned more than I expected in only two and a half days!
Kirtsin Webster – Masters student at
Simon Fraser University
Just want to thank you one more time for a
really superb workshop - Haven't had to think so hard since I
retired! I found it an interesting experience being on the other
side of the lecture table for once, and more than once my thoughts
went back to what my own students must have tried to master. Your
organization of the material and the whole workshop was faultless,
and you went the extra mile to make us all feel comfortable and to
provide everything we needed including tea, coffee, pizza and
snacks; that was much appreciated.
I well realize just how much work was
involved in producing the presentations and all the handouts and
tests. The way you made the presentation was faultless, and your
strategy of reinforcing the material as we went along with tests and
repetition was extremely valuable and a good one. What can I say?
This was one of the most enjoyable weekends I have ever spent. And
thank you for opening up your lovely house to us and giving us
experience in actually being "idiot banders" for a morning!
Thanks a million - Very best wishes,
Derek Sutton – Retired University
Outstanding – extremely well organized –
fast-paced but great knowledge laddering review sheets were a great
way to apply knowledge – a 10 +++ experience Derek & Carol make an
awesome team – Loved it – can’t wait to apply skills – Great course!
Eric Demers - Ph.D., R.P.Bio. U-C
Professor, Biology B.Sc. Degree Advisor, Malaspina
A ‘10’ experience – it was intense but
stimulating, challenging and fun all at once!
The content of the course was FABULOUS –
great as a prep for real birding/banding
An 11 out of 10 experience! Definitely got
more knowledge – great hands-on experience – gained confidence in my
ability to participate in mist-netting – GREAT course – a real
Cally Curle – Grouse Mountain
A 10 experience – excellent!
Jane Shoemaker – Burke Mountain
An 11 out of 10 experience – This is
exactly the kind of thing I need to get started on my way to banding
A 10 experience – excellent, very
technical but interesting and challenging – perfect – fast paced but
very well organized – great team – Knowledge of subject matter was
very impressive – I will recommend this highly!
Charlie Palmer, M.Sc. (Hons) –
Senior Ecologist - Hemmera Environmental
A 10 experience – intensive but not
overwhelming – I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much I will
definitely recommend the course to friends and co-workers! Your
enthusiasm and encouragement was much appreciated!
Ashleigh Ballevona – Hemmera
Very exciting, high paced, excellent – A
Lee Schaeffer, MFC, RPF RPBio –
Biologist - Uji Ecological Conservation and Restoration Ltd.
A 10 experience!
Very knowledgeable and excellent teaching
– a great blend of classroom and field experience – Thank you!
Raime Fronstin – Doctoral Student, Simon Fraser University
I learned a lot of great information that will be useful to me
in my work and in my hobby – Derek & carol were both great – Thank
Melanie Gordon - Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre
This is exactly what I look for in a course like this –
comprehensive, knowledgeable leaders who are helpful and
enthusiastic about the subject.
Excellent – I really enjoyed it – The field sessions were
incredible and the classroom work was well structured and very
I learned a huge amount in a very short time – I can’t wait to
get out and volunteer – Thanks for everything – I really enjoyed the
course and hope I’ll be able to help at some of the
Darcy Pickard – ESSA Technologies Environmental Consulting
A valuable learning and life experience!
Rick Leche – Bird & Wildlife Photographer
Thanks for the course – I feel confident and comfortable with
the handling and determining bird characteristics after completing
this course – Can’t wait to apply my knowledge!
Very comprehensive and detailed – I really enjoyed the 2nd filed
session seeing (and using) how much I had learned
Renae Mackas – Simon Fraser University
I had a ton of fun and learned much more than I expected to –
Let me know when you’ve got the ID course organized! :o)
This course is exceptional. The content is
comprehensive, applicable and very well organized. Derek and Carol
excel at sharing this information in an enthusiastic and
knowledgeable manner that makes the fast-paced and intense learning
very fun. One can't help but to be motivated to learn and then to
put this new knowledge into practice. A must have experience for
anyone who wishes to take their knowledge and interest in birds to a
Gord Gadsden - FVRD Parks Resource Technician
A 10 experience – I learnt a lot and feel much more confident
Excellent – learned tons – Thanks!
Dave Driediger - FVRD Parks
Thanks again for taking the weekend for this extra workshop, and for
all the work that goes into putting all this together. It was a
great learning experience and well worth the time, even the early
start. (I'm definitely not a morning person!)
I also very much appreciated, and I'm sure all of the group would
agree, your emphasis on the need for conservation and doing whatever
we can to make a difference. We all have to keep this in the
forefront and keep getting the message out wherever we can.
I was just looking out the window at the birds in our backyard and
wondering if I could pick out any molt limits with my binos. :))
Thanks very much for all the work you put in to this – great!
Stan Olson – expert birder
Great experience – learned so much in a short time that will help me
as a birder / bander – 10 out of 10!
A ‘10’ experience – learnt a lot!
Learned lots – excellent teachers – well
organized – supportive to asking questions – tests great review –
Wow! To touch a live healthy bird!
The weekend was fabulous. Thanks so much for taking your time to
teach us in such a grand fashion!
A 12 out of 10 experience! The class is
exactly what I have been looking for in my thirst for knowledge
about birds - Thank you for an amazing weekend - I learned so much
and left the class feeling passionately curious and inspired – You
have opened a door to me that will never be shut. Thanks again.
A solid 10! Very comprehensive, beyond
expectations – I am convinced that every birder should take this
course to be a better birder!!
John Vooys - Regional Coordinator, British Columbia Breeding
Bird Atlas, Central Fraser Valley
A 10 experience – It was really well
organized – Thank you!
A 10 experience – wonderful – Thank you!
Melissa Todd – MFR Coast Forest Region Research Section
Excellent course - A 10 experience! - I
now feel confident to start banding birds!
James Pesci – Simon Fraser University(SFU) – Environmental
Great experience especially
when combined with the Bird ID course – Thank you so much – I can’t
wait to wow my
when I tell them about the HETH’s emarginated P6!!
Good coverage of background information and quality time with birds
– a 10 experience!
Amanda Edworthy – University of British
I loved this workshop! Thanks so much fro
being so helpful and informative and truly welcoming. It was a great
Haley Kenyon - University of British Columbia (UBC)
A 10 experience! Excellent presentation!
Great mix of theory and practical – THANK YOU for all your
Cassie Williams – Kamloops Naturalists Club (KNC)
It was great – a 10 experience – very
intense and I learned a lot!
Michaela Martin – University of British Columbia (UBC)
Excellent – inspiring to get back to
Louise Waterhouse - M.Sc., RPF, RPBio - Research Wildlife
Habitat Ecologist, Coast Forest Region
I enjoyed it a lot – I felt I learned and
retained a lot in a short period of time – Thanks!
Anna Drake – Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Excellent, classroom sessions were very
informative and the field trips were great. I feel much more
confident in ageing and sexing – a 10 experience!
David Toews, MSc. PhD Student - Biodiversity Research Centre
Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia
Fantastic, Brilliant, Really wonderful, Fulfilling – I’m hooked on
banding! 12.3 out of 10!! :o)
Rachel Field – Simon Fraser University
It was an awesome experience. It’s a rare thing to learn so much
while having so much fun. On a scale of 1 – 10…. A 15 experience!!!
Great content and fun even with no experience with North American
landbirds – a 10 experience!
I got more than I wanted out of the course – it covered a lot and
moved well – in class and banding station was a perfect balance –
just wish the Bluebird would have flown our way!! Thanks!
Great people, very well done in terms of layout, progress, use of
photos and samples and supportive filed work! Well balanced and
though out – Lovely! :o) The review you have built in to the course
was expertly done and bang on with the latest brain research on the
brain and learning. Definitely a 10!
Geoff & Emily Styles – Shuswap School District & Birds Korea
Now I feel much more confident about my ability to identify the
right characteristics of birds when banding or birding – You guys
are inspiring! Thanks!
Learnt a lot, enjoyed it especially the filed work – a 10
Derek and Carol, I really want to say, if
I can, how much I got out of the workshop. It really was a peak
experience for me, and I am anxious to get back to Colony Farm and
be there to learn and observe more. Thank you so much for having the
commitment and caring to make this learning opportunity possible.
As everyone has already told you, I am sure, you and Carol were so
incredibly organized and clear, and knowledgeable. Any deficiencies
in my learning are my responsibility and mine alone, I assure you!
As I've said, I would really like to go back to Colony Farm soon, so
I will keep an eye on when you will be down there, and come out.
Can't wait for the chance!
Thank you again, it was simply great!
Rozanne Thompson – Burke Mountain Naturalists
A 10 experience – it inspired me to finally make my home more bird
friendly and continue improving my skills!
The course moved quickly, challenging, great! A 10 experience – I
really enjoyed myself while learning more than I expected.
A 10 experience – As much information as I
can handle and a bit more (this is good!) Excited to get out, bird
more and participate in monitoring / studying programs.
Very informative and very comfortable learning environment – A 10
Tanya Jones – Simon Fraser University
A 10 experience!
Sean McCann – Simon Fraser University
Wonderful experience – a 10!
Jim Davis – Davis MPE Inc.
Excellent – didn’t feel sleepy even once during the lecture /
discussion sessions – Derek / Carol – excellent instruction!
Appreciate the practical application of information presented – A 10
I received some excellent information from
you and thought that you did an excellent job of presenting the
A 10 experience – really good pace and
amount of information – specimens, photos and exercises were
particularly helpful. Thanks for all of the great experiences, Derek
and Carol. As someone who has been teaching for many years, I must
say that you have done an excellent job in putting this course
together and teaching it.
Don Ferguson - SFU Environmental
A 10 experience – really liked the fast
pace – very interesting and I look forward to using my new skills!
Nancy Furness – CFIA
I learned WAY more than I had expected and
was thrilled about being able to handle the birds so independently –
a 10 experience!
Enjoyable but hard work! Thank you for
your enthusiasm and knowledge – I had a great time! Thanks for the
Debbie Wheeler – University of the
A 10 experience – can’t think of what
could be better – well organized, comprehensive and thorough
explanation of information.
Karen Bailey – BCIT
Thanks again for a great weekend!
Pamela Zevit, R.P. Bio - Adamah
This is an exceptional workshop – truly
professional and extremely fun – I can not wait to take the ID
Robert Anrens – PHD Student
Very educational and interesting – have a new outlook on bird
banding and ID!
Adam Paterson – Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd.
It was excellent – I would jump at the opportunity of taking an
additional course with Derek – A 10 experience!
Mary Ann Olson-Russello - Ecoscape Environmental Consultants
Loved it! A 10 experience!
Nicole Littlemore – Association of Professional Biologists of
A 10! I had a great time – I learned lots – The work book and review
sheets were very helpful – Banding was AMAZING!
Teresa Corboy – Kamloops Naturalists Club
A 10 experience – Very enjoyable – I still have lots to review and
learn but I now have the tools and new knowledge to do so – A very
thorough introduction to bird banding!
Great – a 10 experience!
Kate Fremlin – Gebauer & Associates
A great experience! Very informative and useful – Compensating for
the rain with ID stuff was great!!
Beth MacDonald – UBC
Excellent – Nice to feel the pieces fall in to place!