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Spring Bander Training Course

Note:  The Spring 2018 class is now full, and we are just starting a waitlist.  We do occasionally have drops, so we encourage interested students to submit an application.  No deposit is necessary unless we are able to offer you a spot in the class.

Announcement for the 2018 Spring Class:

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is pleased to offer a Banders’ Training Course which will be taught from Sunday May 13 to Saturday May 19, 2018. 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, during the peak of spring passerine migration when 100-300 bird days are not uncommon.

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 terminology, skulling), use of the Pyle guide, permitting, relations with the public, and banders’ ethics. The class is aimed at beginning and novice banders, but because of the small class size we can tailor the experience to accommodate the needs of more experienced banders as well.

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.   Both beginning and advanced banders will find the class a useful primer for eventual NABC certification.

Course tuition is $500, which includes all materials. There is a $100 discount for students currently or recently enrolled (i.e. graduated less than one year prior) in an institution of higher learning. Course participants can elect to be housed at the BBBO field house for an additional fee of $125.

A $250 deposit is required to reserve a seat in the class, and full payment is due on or before April 15. Tuition is refundable minus any associated PayPal fees and a $50 administrative fee if the participant cancels prior to April 15.

To sign-up, download the Spring 2018 BTC Application or sign up onlineFor additional information about the Banders’ Training Course please contact Andrea Patterson.

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