Ecuador Winter Bird Banding Volunteer Research Assistants-Ecuador

Agency
Life Net Nature
Location
Mindo, Ecuador - Reserva las Tangaras
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Salary
Cost-share donation required
Start Date
12/03/2018
Last Date to Apply
10/01/2018
Website
http://lifenetnature.org
Description
Ecuador Andes Bird Banding Volunteer(s) - Winter Session Volunteers sought to assist with a long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador, December 3-17, 2018. Your purposeful participation supports cloud forest wildlife preservation in a South American biodiversity hotspot! Life Net Nature bird banding assistants help with mist-netting of birds at several monitoring stations and help conduct bird surveys at the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. The goal is to advance scientific understanding of cloud forest avian communities, including community-level responses to deforestation and climate change. Reserva Las Tangaras boasts more than 25 species of hummingbirds, the largest regional Andean cock-of-the-rock display lek, and over 300 bird species, many which are Choco and Andean endemics. Volunteers set up and monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets to a banding station, and record basic ecological data in the field. Training in handling, measuring and banding is included, but some previous experience is desirable. Volunteers will have some half-days to explore the Mindo area, and we will make a birding visit to higher-elevation Bellavista Reserve at the end of the monitoring project. Accommodation is in the loft of a large research cabin (we provide a single bed with mosquito netting, showers, indoor flush toilet). Meals are home-style delicious and Ecuadorian prepared by experienced local cooks. The reserve is a paradise and the cabin is spacious and comfortable and includes an extensive natural history library. The cost-share donation of $1650 covers your transportation in Ecuador, meals, and lodging during the conservation research program, reserve fees, salaries for Ecuadorian cooks and para-biologists, and entrance and lunch at Bellavista Reserve on the final day of the project. Airfare to and from Ecuador and expenses in Quito are not included. The cost-share donation helps to cover costs associated with hosting the volunteer team and contributes to maintaining a unique tropical protected area. Las Tangaras Reserve depends on cost-share donations to offer educational programs about cloud forest wildlife, provide a stipend to resident stewards, hire locals to maintain trails, to cover costs of making repairs, and to prevent damage to the local ecosystem. The cost-share donations provide around 85% of the funding for sustaining the reserve. The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at dustizuni@yahoo.com for further details. Experience with mist-netting is desirable, but not required. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project. Visit https://lastangaras.wordpress.com/who-are-we/for more details about Life Net Nature and Reserva Las Tangaras. To apply, email a brief cover e-letter detailing your experience and interest in participating on the team to Dr. Dusti Becker, dustizuni@yahoo.com. (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form. Qualifications Genuine interest in nature conservation and birds. Flexible, friendly, and hard-working personality. Good health. Capacity with binoculars and bird identification. Ideally, some experience with mist-netting and banding. To apply, email a brief cover e-letter detailing your experience and interest in participating on the team to Dr. Dusti Becker, dustizuni@yahoo.com. (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form.
Qualifications
Genuine interest in nature conservation and birds. Flexible, friendly, and hard-working personality. Good health. Capacity with binoculars and bird identification. Ideally, some experience with mist-netting and banding, but we will train. To apply, email a brief email detailing your experience and interest in participating on the team to Dr. Dusti Becker, dustizuni@yahoo.com. (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form.
Contact Person
Dr. Dusti Becker
Contact Phone
520-384-3886
Contact eMail
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