Several organizations have announced classes for the coming year. Powdermill Nature Reserve will be holding an
“Ageing Birds with Molt Limits” workshop in May 2018. The workshop will begin before dawn on Wednesday (5/16) and end Sunday (5/20) at noon. The majority of time will be spent in the field with live birds, and these sessions will be complemented with afternoon presentations and discussions. This workshop is an excellent primer for NABC (North American Banding Council) Bander Certification as we will cover banding ethics, banding methodology, molt terminology, and use of the Pyle Guide. The focus of this workshop is on training participants to age and
sex passerines via plumage and molt limits, and will include discussions on molt terminology and how to decode the “Pyle Guide”. Participants are expected to have prior experience handling and extracting birds from nets.
The cost is $750 per person and includes on site lodging (with kitchen) and breakfast. This workshop will be NABC-approved. To sign up please fill out the following Google Form:
The course has been approved by the North American Banding Council, uses training manuals produced by the NABC, and is taught by NABC-certified Trainers. Participants will receive a certificate of participation from the NABC upon successful completion of the course. Both beginning and advanced banders will find the class a useful primer for eventual NABC certification.
Course tuition is $500, which includes all materials. There is a $100 discount for students currently or recently enrolled (i.e. graduated less than one year prior) in an institution of higher learning. Course participants can elect to be housed at the BBBO field house for an additional fee of $125.
A $250 deposit is required to reserve a seat in the class, and full payment is due on or before April 15. Tuition is refundable minus any associated PayPal fees and a $50 administrative fee if the participant cancels prior to April 15.
To sign-up or for more information, see the Braddock Bay website.