In addition to the fieldwork, the Apprenticeship comes with 2 lectures on bird banding methodology as well as a lecture on Ageing and Sexing and hours of training. The main banding instructor is a North American Banding Council certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field. You will also have the opportunity to work with other experienced banders and other apprentices from around the world. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn additional avian monitoring techniques, as well as methodologies to study other wildlife species, including small mammal trapping and bat mist-netting.
Fees for the Apprenticeship: $350 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment and lodging at the research center in dormitory-style cabins. Fees do not include meals though a fully equipped communal kitchen is provided. Fees also do not include airport transfer, flights, or travel medical insurance.
Dates for the Apprenticeship: Two 4 week sessions available starting 12th October through to 6th November and 9th November through to 4th December, minimum commitment of two weeks but preferably the entire 4 weeks of session with possibility to extend longer depending on applicant.
Schedule: Banding runs every day Monday through Friday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Other wildlife monitoring projects occur during the day (small mammal trapping, mornings and evenings, at least twice weekly) and in the evening (bat mist-netting, dusk to 11:00 pm, at least twice weekly).
How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website: www.treesociety.org *To apply for discounted rates, please fill out an NABC certification application at http://www.nabanding.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Application-Assistant-and-Bander-200609102.pdf and send to email@example.com and we will determine if you are eligible.
Prior Experience: No prior banding experience required however experience handling wildlife and knowledge of bird biology and identification preferred. However, experienced bird banders are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates (up to $150 US less per week).