|Bird Monitoring and Banding
The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is a
day action-packed introductory course consisting of presentations,
specimen study, field mist-netting, banding, and processing under
the direction of Derek Matthews, Master Bander and Bander-in-charge
at the Vancouver Avian Research Centre.
This workshop has been developed 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
plumages, molt sequences, and life habits.
By participating in established banding programs, you can contribute
in a direct way to their conservation. Imagine capturing a bird such
as a Swainson’s Thrush or Wilson’s Warbler and knowing that it
traveled to Latin America or Mexico and returned to the exact
location where you banded it the previous year. Holding and
releasing birds like this is a unique experience and one which lasts
a lifetime. The experience gained and skills acquired from this
course can be used for a variety of avian research and conservation
projects including the Monitoring Avian Productivity and
Survivorship Program (MAPS) and the Canadian Migration Monitoring
But most of all the workshop is designed to be a fun and interesting
experience and a way to take your interest in birds and the
environment to the next level.
The cost is $350 per participant with a $25 reduction for students -
$325. All course material is provided. Space is limited, so please
be sure to book early!
Things to bring and things to wear!
Warm clothing for the field
boots - You will need to bring rubber/hiking boots for the
Saturday and Sunday field sessions at Colony Farm where the
grass is often quite wet especially early in the morning.
Water / snacks for field sessions
(Pizza is provided for the Friday evening session)
For location, full course schedule and dates –
To register for the workshop please complete and submit the
registration form below: