Klamath Bird Observatory offers a variety of internships. Field-based interns work on various monitoring and research projects and gain skills in bird identification (by sight and sound), field biology and natural history, orienteering, survey methodology and data collection, and data entry. Select internship positions focus on project management, organizational development, data management and analyses, and communications. KBO staff work with interns collaborate to create an academic learning experience during which Student Volunteer Interns work towards achieving specific learning goals while contributing to KBO’s science-based conservation efforts.
Our Professional Training and Information Exchange programming is helping create the next generation of conservation practitioners in our world. Through internships, workshops, curriculum development, and international capacity building, we provide opportunities for technical skill training and leadership development for conservation professionals and students throughout the Americas. This holistic approach to information and training exchange expands our conservation influence throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, as we work with partner-driven programs that protect birds throughout their full-life-cycle including the breeding, migrating, and wintering seasons.
The Fundamentals of Bird Banding (Passerine) course is based on the North American Banding Council Passerine Banding Curriculum. The “classroom” style course provides instruction in fundamental aspects of small bird capture and handling, banding, and ageing-sexing techniques. It is intended to be combined with experiential learning and practice during subsequent banding operations. The is available online at the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center website.
Klamath Bird Observatory offers various bird monitoring workshops. Our bird banding workshops offer a great opportunity to learn new, and refresh old, bird banding skills. Topics covered include songbird ageing and sexing techniques using molt, plumage, skulling, and other criteria, bander safety, public interaction and education at banding stations, and net repair. Banding workshops are offered by North American Banding Council (NABC) trainers and follow NABC guidelines. The workshops involve seminars, demonstrations, and experiential learning.
This Curriculum is based on the North American Banding Council's collection of training manuals plus supplemental study materials and original content. It consists of Theory and Practical segments derived from the NABC Trainee Report Card.
The Curriculum was designed for a variety of training situations including multiple-day workshops, individual instruction, and self-study. It includes a User Guide, Topic Outline, tutorials, quizzes, worksheets, and a trove of study materials.
Please be aware that several of the files are large.