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UPCOMING BANDING CLASSES
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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. Classes vary in price because each host organization has various site and staffing costs they must cover with the registration fees as well as the instructor's time and travel costs.

2020 Banding Classes

A beginner banding class is planned for May 11-17,2020 at the Opossum Creek Retreat in south central West Virginia, just minutes from the New River Gorge National River. Additional information is available on the class information sheet. Please contact the class host, Keith Richardson (phone: 888-488-4836) to register.
Three banding classes will be held at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northeastern Minnesota. The 2020 class dates are not yet confirmed but the beginner class will likely be held the last week of June, the advanced class the first week of July, and a youth ornithology camp (entering grades 10-12) the second week of July 2020. Please contact the class host, Peter Harris for more information about the classes and how to register.
A beginner banding class is planned for Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership off the coast of central Maine. The 2020 class dates are not yet determined. Please contact the class host, Teddy Simpson, (phone: 207-867-6050), for more information about the class, including 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$85/person$510
Total Cost$6,810
Average Price per person$1,135
* 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$60/person$360
Total Cost$4,260
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

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 traveling 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. Several of our trainers are certified NABC trainers and all teach and emphasize NABC ideals and curriculum. Most have years of experience collecting and analyzing MAPS data. The pool of instructors currently includes:
Danielle Kaschube - NABC certified trainer
Edye Kornegay - NABC certified trainer
Peter Pyle - NABC certified trainer
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.