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
Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop

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.
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 Network (CMMN).

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 $50 reduction for students – $300. 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 sessions
  • Rubber/hiking 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.
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Water / snacks for field sessions (tea, coffee, water and snacks/cookies are provided for the duration of the weekend!)

2020 course dates:

  • June 5-7
  • September 11-13


Classroom sessions: Google maps
Metro Vancouver Central Area Parks Office
9146 Avalon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V3N 4G8

Field sessions: Google maps
Colony Farm Banding Station, Colony Farm Regional Park, Coquitlam, BC

Full course schedule – click here

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