Fall 2021 Bird Banding Apprenticeship
September 20th through to October 29th 2021
The Toucan Ridge Bird Observatory, located at the T.R.E.E.S Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize, currently has between 2 - 4 apprenticeship spots open for our Fall 2021 Bird Banding Apprenticeship Program. During this Apprenticeship you will learn how to set-up mist-nets, extract passerine birds from mist-nets, learn proper bird banding techniques, learn how to I.D., age and sex resident birds as well as Neotropical migrants, learn proper data entry, and more. In addition to the field work the Apprenticeship comes with 2 lectures on bird banding methodology as well as a lecture on Ageing and Sexing and hours of training. The main banding instructor is a North American Banding Council certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field. You will also have the opportunity to work with other experienced banders and other apprentices from around the world. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn additional avian monitoring techniques, as well as methodologies to study other wildlife species, including turtle radio-telemetry and bat mist-netting.
Fees for the Apprenticeship: $364 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment, all food (self-catering in communal kitchen but ingredients provided) and lodging at the research center in shared dormitory-style cabins with other same sex interns/apprentices/volunteers. Fees do not include airport transfer, flights, or travel medical insurance.
Dates for the Apprenticeship: Interns can choose to do a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks during this Apprenticeship program, though 4 weeks is the recommended duration.
Schedule: Banding runs every day Monday through Friday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Apprentices are welcome to travel to visit other locations in Belize on weekends if they desire, however no refunds on food and lodging will be available if the apprentice decides to leave the station.
How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website: www.treesociety.org
Prior Experience: No prior banding experience required however experience handling wildlife and knowledge of bird biology and identification is an asset. However, experienced bird banders are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates.