Learn How to Be a Bird Monitor & Bander Today!

A 10 experience! Truly excellent – Your knowledge of and passion for the material and for avian conservation is an inspiration!

Robin Naidoo, Ph.D. – Senior Conservation Scientist, World Wildlife Fund

The Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop is a 3-day action-packed introductory course consisting of presentations, specimen study, field mist-netting, banding, and processing under the direction of Derek Matthews, Master Bander, a North American Banding Council (NABC) certified trainer 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. 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. 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.

Highlights of Workshop

  • Taught by North American Banding Council (NABC) certified trainers
  • Learn solid foundations for ageing and sexing North American landbirds in the hand
  • Your own bird banding manual with lessons
  • Participating in established banding programs, you can contribute in a direct way to their conservation
  • 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 Network (CMMN).


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Workshop Testimonials

Banding Workshop Pricing:

$350 per person

$300 if you are a student

Price includes:

Classroom sessions:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday afternoons.

Field session Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Course materials and information binder.

Tea, coffee and snacks

Please bring your own lunches.

Payment can be made through the links on the page or by cheque payable to:

4115 Braemar Road East
North Vancouver BC
V7K 3C9

To Register, please fill out form:

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop Registration
Your bird banding experience: *

Adult Workshop ($350)

Student Workshop ($300)