The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) will host a North American Banding Council (NABC) certification session for raptors at the Assistant Bander, Bander, and/or Trainer level from October 4-8, 2021 in Boise, Idaho. This certification is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation. Registration in the conference is not required to attend this certification.
The certification is intended ONLY for experienced banders and trappers who are planning on undergoing the certification evaluation. NABC certification is a voluntary professional certification process which shows potential employers and colleagues that you care about ethical and top-quality banding practices. It also shows that you have attained a specific level of competency. NABC certification does not guarantee permitting through the Bird Banding Lab.
This is largely not an instructional techniques workshop - participants are expected to come with some degree of experience. Read this expectations document to see which level of certification you should apply for: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ftmleb-GM3Ovn83T_j93Fe-2k3Ya88zJkWwxceZKC1k/edit?usp=sharing
If you feel that you have the appropriate experience and would like to apply, please print and fill in both the IBO and the NABC registration forms listed below (in the “how to apply” section).
Applying does not guarantee acceptance. Applications will be reviewed on a first come first served basis. Up to 10 candidates will be accepted. As part of your application, you must provide a paragraph detailing your past experiences trapping and banding raptors, including approximate numbers of birds and species handled.
In addition to the standard NABC certification fee of $35.00 (per level), there will be a supplemental charge of $400 per candidate to cover trainer-related costs (e.g. trainer travel, lodging, etc.). Camping at field sites is available free of charge; participants would need to bring their own sleeping bags or bedding. Candidates are responsible for their own meals.
HOW TO APPLY:
1. read the expectations document to determine which level (assistant bander, bander, or trainer) to apply for: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ftmleb-GM3Ovn83T_j93Fe-2k3Ya88zJkWwxceZKC1k/edit?usp=sharing
2. Print and fill in the IBO/BSU registration form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WyGdRg2Mr9rLzCw4PM6YlYdAe648Xc-DNGtY-aJZXgE/edit?usp=sharing
3. Print and fill in the NABC registration form: http://www.nabanding.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Application-Assistant-and-Bander-200609102.pdf
4. payment: do not mail checks until we confirm your acceptance via email
5. either snail-mail both printed forms to Greg at the address below, OR, scan and email both registration forms to email@example.com
Intermountain Bird Observatory
Department of Biological Sciences
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515