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.
An advanced banding class will be held at the Southern Sierra Research Station in south central California, in the foothills of the Sierras and is scheduled for September 10-14, 2018. Please contact Michelle Johnson (phone: 760-378-3345) at the Southern Sierra Research Station for more information or to register.
An advanced banding class will be held at the Tennessee River Gorge Trust Bird Observatory just out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, along the Tennessee River Gorge and is scheduled for September 27-30, 2018. Please contact Eliot Berz (phone: 423-266-0314), or see the banding class registration page on the Tennessee River Gorge Trust website for more information about the class, including how 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 tentative class dates are April 20-26, 2019. Please contact the class host, Keith Richardson (phone: 888-488-4836) to register for more information about the class.
Two banding classes will be held at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northeastern Minnesota. The tentative beginner class dates are June 23-30, 2019 and for the advanced class July 1-5, 2019. 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.
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.
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.
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:
|Class preparation time||1 day @ $550/day||$550|
|Training and travel time*||8 days @ $550/day||$4,400|
|Trainer's travel, room, and board||Approx. $800||$800|
|Providing/processing bands||1 day @ $550/day||$550|
|Average Price per person||$1,135|
* If travel time exceeds half a day to and/or from the class, additional charges will be added.
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.
|Class preparation time||1 day @ $550/day||$550|
|Training and travel time*||5 days @ $550/day||$2,750|
|Trainer's travel, room, and board||Approx. $600||$600|
|Bands and site preparation||Provided by host||0|
|Average Price per person||$710|
* If travel time exceeds half a day to and/or from the class, additional charges may be added.
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.
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.
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:
To inquire about possible dates for a customized class or to discuss training possibilities in more detail, please contact Danielle Kaschube.