The Wehle Land Conservation Center in partnership with the Birmingham Audubon Society is offering a 6-day Beginner Bird Banding class this September. The class is tailored to provide interested individuals (amateur birders,professional biologists, graduate students) in the Southeast the skills necessary to participate with existing projects involving bird banding (MAPS banding stations, migration banding stations, targeted research). It is open to everyone, regardless of past experience. The small class size is designed to allow for individual attention from an instructor with over 20 years’experience.
Date and time:September 25th – 30th 2017, with classes going from 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Program Size:Space is limited to 10 participants, with a minimum of 6 to proceed with class. Potential students under age of 18 must participate in a phone interview with the instructor and have 2 adult letters of recommendation.
Instructor: Charlie Muise began banding in 1992 and has since handled over 30,000 birds in at least 7 states. His current projects include two long-term stations designed to monitor the effects of grassland restoration;long-term monitoring of Loggerhead Shrikes that includes radio telemetry;capture of migratory Northern Saw-whet Owls, coastal sparrow monitoring, and two fall migration stations. He assists with other projects through the state of Georgia. Charlie has trained a number of people who now band in Virginia, Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia and even Brazil.
Location: Wehle Land Conservation Center located in Midway, Alabama (Bullock County).
4819 Pleasant HillRoad
Midway, AL 36053
Class Cost:$455 includes training and overnight accommodations, with a $50 deposit post-marked by September 8. The deposit will help take care of some of the preparation costs, and will communicate to us that you are committed to taking the class. You should mail a $50 check to:
368 Eady Creek Rd.
Barnesville, GA 30204
After deposit is made, bring two checks for the amounts of $225 to instructor Charlie Muise and $180 (lodging at $30/day) to the State Lands Division.
Participants are required to bring their own food.
Banding Skills taught include:
· Reasons for banding (and NOT banding)
· How to initiate a successful banding program
· Safe operation of a banding program for humans, aswell as birds and other creatures
· Operation of mist nets and safe bird extraction
· In-hand aging and sexing
· Data recording using MAPs protocol and forms
Lectures and discussion topics include:
· Rules, regulations, authorities
· Permitting process
· Banding Ethics
Materials:Please bring a bird field guide to use. If you do not have one, this would be a good thing to purchase, but I also have a couple of extras that I can loan. Field guides are very useful for identifying species, but to identify subspecies and sex and age birds, the necessary book is Pyle's Identification Guide to North American Birds Part 1, which can be purchased (new or used)on Amazon, or here: www.slatecreekpress.com/
Fieldguide - required
Pyleguide - recommended
Froelichguide - required (digitally on tablet or color printed) http://www.birdpop.org/docs/
Please feel free to email me (Eric) or Charlie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. The most important thing right now is to get your deposit in. Once Charlie has received those deposit checks, he will provide you with further information.