2017 Bander Training Program

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn the skills needed to participate in monitoring and research programs involving bird banding.


Registration is Now Open! Save your spot today! 

August Weekender Bander Training – August 18-20 and August 26-27, 2017 (5 days of training – both weekends required): Trainer Christine Southwick will teach at the Willow Creek Hatchery in Edmonds, Washington where on-site native plant gardens and the nearby Edmonds Marsh support a variety of resident and migrating birds.

Instruction in both classes follows the North American Banding Council (NABC) guidelines and includes 5 full days of BHGR, ASY, M, June 10 2012, wing1, bird1classroom/field instruction. Class focus will be on developing skills for safely extracting birds from mist-nets, proper banding techniques and the accurate collection and documentation of data.

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

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.

To reserve your place use the secure PayPal button below or email Cindy Easterson. You’ll receive instructions for submitting the $100.00 deposit to hold your class reservation, additional information on the course, and details for payment.

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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.)