Klamath Bird Observatory offers a unique opportunity to participate in our long-term landbird monitoring program and receive one-on-one training in bird banding techniques. Our Bird Banding Field Course, a 10-30 day opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of a field ornithologist and obtain a comprehensive introduction to bird banding and other field methodologies.
The Bird Banding Field Course is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the life of a field ornithologist. KBO’s bander training program blends an intensive field internship with coursework designed in accordance with North American Banding Council (NABC) standards. A typical 10-day schedule includes seven days of mist-netting and banding and three of seminar and demonstration. Training covers safe and ethical mist netting and banding of songbirds, including collecting a robust set of metrics on each individual; observational bird surveys; science interpretation for the public; and data quality-assurance, entry, and management. Opportunities may also arise to support other KBO field projects which would provide exposure to target netting, color-banding, and application of transmitters and will depend on the time of year. Instruction can be targeted to address your particular goals and interests. This opportunity is suitable for a wide variety of candidates. Do you have a passion for birds and are curious to learn about them in depth and up close? Are you looking for a unique way to give back and contribute toward conservation? Interested in pursuing a career in ornithology and need a way to gain experience in a competitive field? Have an interest in avian fieldwork but want an opportunity to shadow before committing to a field job or course of study? Already have some experience but want to refine your skills with an intensive training program under certified banders and trainers?
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