Fall Bander Training Course

Announcement for the 2017 Fall Bander Training Course:

Note:  the Fall 2017 class is currently full with a waitlist.  We do occasionally have drops, so we encourage you to send in an application in case something opens up.

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is pleased to offer a Banders’ Training Course which will be taught from Sunday September 24 to Saturday September 30, 2017. 


The course is open to anyone interested in learning or perfecting banding skills with 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 the fall 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 seven-day session include: netting and trapping techniques, removal of birds from mist nets, proper handling and processing of birds (including biometrics, ageing and sexing, skulling), data management, relations with the public, and banders’ ethics.

The seven-day period of the course coincides with peak species diversity, and when 100-200 bird days are not uncommon.  Although the course is scheduled to run from 24-30 September, 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 provide your own housing, the cost of the course will be reduced by $125.00; there is a $100 discount for students enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

To sign-up, download the Fall 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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