Fundamentals of Bird Banding (Passerines) Online Course

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Klamath Bird Observatory and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) have created an online Fundamentals of Bird Banding Course. The course is based on the North American Banding Council's Passerine Banding Curriculum and collection of training materials. The Course includes a series of recorded presentations and tutorials.
Click here to access the Fundamentals of Bird Banding Online Course, hosted by NCTC ( You will be prompted to login or view the Course as a Guest.

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KBO Field Interns engage in a variety of bird monitoring and research methodologies (e.g., bird banding and nest searching) depending on annual project needs.  Field Interns gain skills in bird identification by sight and sound, survey methodology, orienteering and general field biology skills, meticulous data collection, and data entry.  Field Interns contribute substantially to KBO’s research and monitoring efforts.

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Bird Banding (Passerines) Curriculum

NABC banding curriculum cover pageKlamath Bird Observatory and North American Banding Council (NABC), with support from U.S. Forest Service International Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Environment Canada, have created the NABC Banding Curriculum (Passerines). The Curriculum is based on the NABC collection of training manuals, supplemental study materials, and original content.

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Klamath Bird Observatory presents bird banding techniques workshops. These workshops are a great opportunity to learn new, and refresh old, bird banding skills. Topics covered include songbird ageing and sexing techniques such as understanding and using molt and plumage characters and skulling, bird and bander safety, effective public interaction and education at banding stations, and net repair. Training is provided by North American Banding Council (NABC) trainers and follows NABC guidelines. The workshops involve seminars, demonstrations, and experiential learning.

The workshops usually take place at Klamath Bird Observatory’s field station near Rocky Point, Oregon on the western shore of Upper Klamath Lake during the field season (May-October).

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