Spring Bander Training Course

Announcement for the 2017 Spring Class:

Note:  this class is currently full, with a waitlist. If you are interested in the class, we encourage you to submit an application to secure your spot on the waitlist.  Should we be unable to accommodate you this year, we will either refund the application fee or apply it towards next fall or spring’s class at your request.


Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is pleased to offer a Banders’ Training Course, which will be taught from Sunday May 14 to Saturday May 20, 2017. The course is open to anyone interested in learning or perfecting 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 at the height of spring migration.

Mornings will feature hands-on training in the field while afternoons will be devoted to lectures, demonstrations and in-depth instruction on various aspects of bird banding. General topics to be covered in depth during the 7 day session include: netting and trapping techniques, removal of birds from mist nets, proper handling and processing of birds (including biometrics, ageing and sexing, molt, skulling), data management, relations with the public, and banders’ ethics.

The course is timed with peak passerine migration when 100-300 bird days are not uncommon. Although the course is scheduled to run from 14-20 May, we can be somewhat flexible to arrange other times for the hands-on training and experience.

The course has been approved by the North American Banding Council, uses training manuals produced by the NABC, and is taught by NABC-certified Trainers.  Participants will receive a certificate of participation from the NABC upon successful completion of the course.  

The cost of the course is $600.00 ($575.00 plus a $25.00 registration fee), which includes the cost of housing and materials.  If you can provide your own housing, the cost of the course will be reduced by $125.00; there is a $100 discount for full-time students enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

To sign-up, download the Spring 2017 BTC Application. For additional information about the Banders’ Training Course please contact:

Andrea Patterson email or Elizabeth W. Brooks email.

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