Are you already a bird bander who would like to further hone your skills? Both the Beginning and Advanced Bird Banding Courses from the Institute for Bird Populations are being offered this year at Wolf Ridge ELC in northern Minnesota.
The ADVANCED BANDING COURSE is designed for experienced banders who wish to improve their sexing and ageing skills. These classes focus on understanding and identifying the differences between specific adult age classes using the Identification Guide to North American Birds by Peter Pyle. We also spend time addressing advanced skills such as skulling, refining the scoring of various characteristics, and interpreting these characteristics for age and sex determinations.
June 29 - July 3, 2021.
All-inclusive cost for meals, lodging, instruction is $1550
A typical day at a Wolf Ridge IBP banding class is spent mist-netting and banding the captured bird in the morning, and in-classroom lectures and discussions in the afternoon. The pace of the courses is fast, but there is also some free time to enjoy Wolf Ridge's beautiful 2000-acres near Lake Superior's North Shore.
Registration deadline is May 20. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early!
(Note, the seven-day BEGINNING BANDING COURSE is also being offered, prior to the advanced course. It is designed to provide both amateur birders and professional biologists with the skills necessary to participate in monitoring and research programs involving bird banding. This class takes place June 20-27, 2021 at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northeastern Minnesota. All-inclusive cost for meals, lodging, instruction for the Beginning Banding course is $2300)
Before attending an advanced class, participants should be able to handle and set up mist-nets; be able to extract birds from mist-nets; and have familiarity with ageing hatch-year versus after-hatch-year birds.