Teen Bander Training Course

Due to the ongoing pandemic, our Teen Bander Training Course is cancelled for 2021.  We anticipate offering our camp in July of 2022.

Announcement for the 2020 Teen Summer Bander Training Course:

Cici bands a Tufted Titmouse during the 2012 Summer Teen Bander Training Class

Cici bands a Tufted Titmouse during the 2012 Summer Teen Bander Training Class

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory has tentatively scheduled a Banders’ Training Course for teenagers, which will be taught from Monday July 13 to Friday July 17, 2020.  The course aims to introduce students to the basic techniques of bird banding, as well as to prepare them to be ambassadors for conservation at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory or  in their local communities.

The course is open to students aged 14-18 who are interested in learning banding skills from supportive, professional staff.  Training will take place at the Kaiser-Manitou Beach Banding Station, located just northwest of Rochester, NY on the shore of Lake Ontario, from 8am – 3pm daily.

Mornings will feature hands-on training in the field while afternoons will be devoted to discussions and activities involving various aspects of bird banding.  General topics to be covered during the 5-day session include setting up nets, removing birds from mist nets, identifying species, proper handling and processing of birds (including biometrics, ageing and sexing, etc.), and ethics.  Each skill is discussed within the broader context of scientific research and conservation.  So for example, students will learn to assess the fat level of a bird, but will also learn how fat fuels migration, why stopover habitats like Braddock Bay are crucial to building up fat stores, and how our 35-year dataset of fat scores can be used to answer outstanding questions in avian ecology.

The course is taught by NABC-certified Trainers and BBBO volunteers, and we aim for a ratio of one trainer for every two students.

Students should bring their own lunches and snacks.  We are not able to supervise unaccompanied children overnight, but we do have rustic accommodations available for parents who wish to spend the week supervising their child.  There is no charge for the course, but the selection process is competitive.

To apply, fill out the online form.  For additional information about the Teen Banders’ Training Course please contact Andrea Patterson.

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