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Braddock Bay Bird Observatory takes seriously our commitment to avian health and safety, to scientific integrity, and to educational excellence.  We therefore have a robust training program to ensure that all volunteers have the knowledge and skills to carry out our mission.  

Volunteers first attend two general orientation sessions intended to acquaint them with the station’s history, structure, policies and procedures, and mission.  Subsequent orientations and trainings are offered to individuals who wish to move into particular volunteer roles, or who wish to refresh old skills and learn new ones.  In 2020, we will offer the following orientations:

Volunteer Orientations for 2020:

New Volunteers:

Welcome to Braddock Bay Bird Observatory:  Required of all new volunteers, this orientation focuses on providing an introduction to the station, including history, governance, mission, policies, and procedure.  It also includes a discussion of our expectations of our volunteers and their expectations of us.  Tuesday March 24 and Monday August 3.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Location TBA.

Moral, Scientific, and Legal Underpinnings of Banding: Required of all new volunteers, this orientation focuses on helping volunteers become effective docents for the station by presenting clear and simple details about why and how banding adds value to our understanding of birds.  Tuesday March 31 and Monday August 17.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Location TBA.

Scribes:

Navigating the Datasheet: Required of all new scribes, this orientation goes carefully through the banding sheet and explains in detail how to accurately fill it out.  Tuesday April 7 and Tuesday August 24.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Location TBA.

Netpickers:

Netpicking Protocol: Required of all new netpickers, this orientation familiarizes a new extractor with BBBO’s detailed netpicker protocol. Tuesday April 14 and Tuesday August 18.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

Banders:

Banding Protocol: Required of all new banders, this orientation familiarizes a new bander with BBBO’s banding process.  Monday April 6.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

Aging: Required of all new banders, this orientation introduces the traditional calendar-based aging system and reviews the most common aging criteria.  Monday April 13.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

Molt: Required of all new banders, this orientation introduces the Humphrey-Parkes-Howell molt terminology, and reviews how to age birds by molt. Monday April 20.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

Wolfe-Ryder-Pyle: Required of all new banders, this orientation introduces the cycle-based aging system. Monday April 27.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

Banders-in-charge:

Responsibilities of the BIC at the Station: Required of all banders training to be the Bander-in-charge, this orientation readies a prospective BIC by introducing additional station protocols and reviewing old ones. Tuesday April 21.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

Responsibilities of the BIC away from the Station: Required of all banders training to be the Bander-in-charge, this orientation readies a prospective BIC by introducing policies about banding offsite.  Tuesday April 28.  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.