Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop
March 29-31, 2013
The Rocky Point Bird Observatory is offering an introductory bird monitoring and banding workshop at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, on March 29-31, 2013. The 3-day workshop will focus on bird identification, monitoring procedures and techniques, sexing and ageing. Components this year will include owl monitoring and banding demo and an optional session on specimen preparation. 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.
This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, bird observatory volunteers and naturalists to explore aspects of the operation of an avian monitoring project, including bird safety, mistnetting, data collection, bird banding, identification, sexing and ageing. This is an introductory course and participants should not expect to emerge from this short workshop as qualified banders. Much of the work will be with frozen and dried bird specimens although there will be some opportunities to work with live birds to learn safe bird handling and basic banding techniques. Skills practiced in this workshop will be beneficial for a variety of projects including productivity, survivorship and migration monitoring field work.
Workshop goes ahead rain or shine. In inclement weather, more time will be spent working with specimens. Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
1:30 pm – Meet at the entrance to the Nixon Residences. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for outdoor work. It is about a 10 minute walk from the residences to the banding area.
7:15 am – Coffee, tea, muffins and other breakfast goodies at the Cedar Building, Room 105.
7:15 – Coffee, tea, muffins and other breakfast goodies at the Cedar Building, Room 105.
The cost is $300 per participant with a $50 reduction for students and a $20 reduction for RPBO members. Dorm room accommodations are available at Royal Roads University at student rates (~$46 for dorm rooms, $75 for rooms with private ensuite, per night). Space is limited, so be sure to book as soon as possible after confirmation of your enrollment in the workshop.
Enrollment is limited to 18 participants. (the course is now full, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for next year's course please contact: email@example.com)