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BBBO offers a variety of educational programs:

Spring Bander Training Course:  The course is taught each spring during peak migration where capture rates of 100 – 300 birds per day are not uncommon.  The course is designed to provide adults with a variety of hands-on experiences, allowing participants to learn the proper way to handle and band songbirds.

Summer Advanced Bander Workshop:This advanced workshop is aimed at banders who are currently involved with or who are considering opening MAPS stations, and at migration or project-based banders who desire a better grasp of molt and other aging techniques.

Fall Bander Training Course:  The course is taught each fall during peak migration where capture rates of 100 – 300 birds per day are not uncommon.  The course is designed to provide adults with a variety of hands-on experiences, allowing participants to learn the proper way to handle and band songbirds.

Teen Banding Course:  The summer class for teenagers teaches young bird enthusiasts the proper way to handle and band songbirds, as well as the importance of banding to both science and conservation.

Bander Certification: BBBO hosts bander certification sessions sponsored by the North American Banding Council every other fall.

Field Assistant Position: Each season, BBBO hires one or two field assistants to assist with banding and other tasks.

Special Workshops: BBBO occasionally hosts special workshops, including an advanced banding workshop with Peter Pyle in 2010.

Banding Demonstrations: BBBO volunteers are available to give on- and off-site banding demonstrations and presentations. Please call us at 585-234-3525 and leave a message — we’ll get back to you with more information.

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