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IBP-facilitated Beginner and Advanced banding classes are held in cooperation with outside organizations. Classes fill quickly, so we recommend early registration when possible. We also offer customized classes to suit your needs.

2017 Banding Classes

An Advanced banding class will be held at the Southern Sierra Research Station in south central California, in the foothills of the Sierras April 10-14, 2017. More information is available on the class information sheet. Please contact Michelle Johnson (phone: 760-378-3345) at the Southern Sierra Research Station to register.

A Beginner banding class will be held at the Opossum Creek Retreat in south central West Virginia, just minutes from the New River Gorge National River. The class is scheduled for April 22-28, 2017. Please contact the class host, Keith Richardson (phone: 888-488-4836) for more information.

Two banding classes will be held at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northeastern Minnesota. The Advanced class will be held June 13-17, 2017 and the Beginner class will be held June 18-25, 2017. Please contact the class host, Peter Harris or check out the banding class page on Wolf Ridge's website for more information about the classes and how to register.

Two banding classes will be held on Hurricane Island off the coast of central Maine. The Advanced class will be held July 12-15, 2017 and the Beginner class will be held July 16-22, 2017. Please contact the class host, Phoebe Jekielek, (phone: 207-867-6050), or see the banding class registration page on Hurricane Island Foundation's website for more information about the class, including how to register.

An Advanced banding class will be held at Environmental Studies on the Piedmont near Warrenton, Virginia from September 10-14, 2017. Please contact Environmental Studies for more information about the class and information on how to register.

Customized Classes

In addition to scheduled classes through partner organizations, IBP offers customized training for beginner and advanced banders. Course length, content, materials, and timing can be adjusted to best fit your needs, and can be arranged at a location convenient to you, provided that adequate numbers of birds can be safely banded, and suitable facilities for class-time discussions are available. Groups that have taken advantage of this option include volunteers who band together at a station, wildlife agency personnel seeking to develop or improve their banding skills, and many others.

Requirements for Hosting a Customized Training Class

Site and Materials: A suitable banding site is critical. Suitable sites should have adequate places to set up mist nets (natural habitats with thick understory without much disturbance from passers-by or domestic animals), should have moderate temperatures (55-85 degrees F during the morning hours), and should have reasonable concentrations of birds (about 20-40 birds per day using ten mist nets from dawn until noon). Nets at feeding stations have also proven effective at supplying an easily monitored set of birds for training purposes. Typically, the hardware for setting up nets (poles and rebar, for example) are provided by the host due to the difficulty in transporting such equipment. IBP can supply nets.

Class Fees

7-Day Introductory Banding Class

The following rates are typical for a seven-day introductory course with six participants at which the net sites were prepared by the host, but the bands were provided by IBP:

ItemRateCost
Class preparation time1 day @ $550/day$550
Training and travel time*8 days @ $550/day$4,400
Trainer's travel, room, and boardApprox. $800$800
Providing/processing bands1 day @ $550/day$550
Training materials$75/person$450
Total Cost$6,750
Average Price per person$1,125

* If travel time exceeds half a day to and/or from the class, additional charges will be added.

4-Day Advanced Banding Class Fees

The following rates are typical for a four-day intermediate/advanced course with six participants at which the host prepares the net sites, and provides the bands.

ItemRateCost
Class preparation time1 day @ $550/day$550
Training and travel time*5 days @ $550/day$2,750
Trainer's travel, room, and boardApprox. $600$600
Bands and site preparationProvided by host0
Training materials$50/person$300
Total Cost$4,200
Average Price per person$700

* If travel time exceeds half a day to and/or from the class, additional charges may be added.

Class size

Class size is generally limited to six participants, though may be slightly larger if large volumes of birds are expected. If needed, two instructors may be available if there are more than six students, though fees would increase accordingly.

Facilities

Courses tend to be held at low-cost but beautiful facilities, such as biological stations and youth camps. Participants in customized classes often live at home while attending the class. Costs for room and board, when provided, are additional, and vary depending on location. Accommodations for participants travelling to the class are likely to be somewhat rustic and courses are usually conducted under typical field conditions.

Instructors

Our instructors are highly skilled banders with extensive training experience; generally, they are certified NABC trainers. Most have years of experience collecting and analyzing MAPS data. The pool of instructors currently includes:

Danielle Kaschube
Edye Kornegay
Peter Pyle
Jim Saracco
Lauren Helton
Ron Taylor

To inquire about possible dates for a customized class or to discuss training possibilities in more detail, please contact Danielle Kaschube.

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