Training

Volunteer Orientation

In an effort to provide opportunities for volunteer training, we hold  Volunteer Orientation classroom sessions each year.  This is your opportunity to ask any questions you might have about volunteering with us!  We cover what to expect in the various volunteer roles that exist with RPBO, the conduct we expect of our volunteers, and some logistical considerations.

Please read our Migration Monitoring Protocol prior to attending any of these sessions.  Email our volunteer coordinator to inquire about dates or to register for a session.

Bird Monitoring and Banding Workshop

** 2024 - April 6 + 7 online classes;  April 13 + 14 in-field component **

Each spring, Rocky Point Bird Observatory offers an introductory bird monitoring and banding workshop in Victoria, BC. The workshop focuses on bird identification, monitoring procedures and techniques, sexing and aging.

RPBO Banding Station Techniques

RPBO's attendance at the 2023 IBOC Conference in Mexico showcased a presentation by Jannaca Chick entitled “Evolution of Banding Station Techniques at Rocky Point Bird Observatory", which focused on the techniques RPBO has implemented and perfected over the years. It emphasized how we are committed to continual improvement at our stations regarding bird safety, efficiency, data collection, and volunteer management. The talk generated much interest and discussion among conference participants and our colleagues.
The following videos show RPBO members demonstrating our specific techniques in and around our banding station:

Bird Call Resource Kit (CD format)

RPBO has developed a Bird Call Resource Kit for birds in the Greater Victoria area. Calls differ from songs in that they are sung by both sexes and can be heard at any time of the year.  This kit was developed to assist RPBO members who want to increase their skills so they can do census during fall migration but it should be of use to any experienced local birder wanting to take their birding to the next level.
If you would like more information on the content please contact development@rpbo.org.  To purchase a CD, visit our RPBO SHOP page.
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