Are you interested in becoming a bird bander? Or 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.
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.
The seven-day BEGINNING BANDING COURSE 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 is $2300)
Registration deadline is May 20. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early!
(Note that we also offer a four-day ADVANCED BANDING COURSE, 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)