Bander Training Program

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2017 PSBO Beginner Bird Bander Training – Weekend Workshop, August 18th, 19th and 20th, followed by August 26th and 27th.

Here is your chance to learn bird banding techniques over two weekends at the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery in Edmonds, Washington. The training follows North American Banding Council (NABC) guidelines and includes 5 full days of classroom and field instruction in mixed forest habitat.


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Puget Sound Bird Observatory (PSBO) is pleased to have Chris Southwick as our lead trainer for this workshop. Chris is Puget Sound Bird Observatory’s President and has more than 12 years experience banding birds and providing site management at several of PSBO’s banding stations for various projects.

Course fees include training, materials and text book. Fees do not include food or lodging, but a list of nearby amenities can be provided upon request. This is an introductory course which covers netting and trapping techniques, removal of birds from mist nets, proper handling, processing (including biometrics, ageing and sexing, skulling), data management, relations with the public, and banders’ code of ethics.

No birding or banding experience is required. Participants must be minimum 16 years of age.

FEES: $450 +$50 materials fee for PSBO members, $500 +$50 materials fee for non-members.

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PSBO offers a tiered bander training program to guide interested volunteers from novice to experienced bander. Programs include:

Banding Presentation: 1-2 hour presentation on why and how to band birds.

Introduction to Bird Banding: a weekend field and classroom class demonstrating banding techniques with classroom discussions and presentations on data collection and the importance of banding data.

Bander’s Apprentice: 1-2 year intensive banding commitment with one-on-one guidance from master banders to apply banding skills to a variety of groups (e.g., hummingbirds, raptors, shorebirds, waterfowl), explore other capture techniques, work with other ornithologists, and design and carry out a banding project. (Currently NOT taking new applications.  Will post when a position becomes available.)