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
All 2020 summer banding classes have been cancelled due to COVID-19 but are planned for 2021 (dates to be determined). They remain posted on this page so you can contact the class hosts if you are interested for 2021.
- 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.
- Four banding classes will be held at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
in northeastern Minnesota. The adult beginner
class dates are June 21-28, 2020 and the adult advanced
class dates are June 30 - July 4, 2020. There will also be two youth ornithology
camps for students (entering grades 10-12). The Introduction to Ornithology
field camp is designed for the student with little or no ornithology experience and will be held July 12-18, 2020. The Advanced Ornithology
field camp is designed for the student with a strong interest in birds and bird research with prior experience with birds and will be held July 5-11, 2020. Please contact the class host, Peter Harris
or check out the banding class page for the adult beginner and advanced classes
or for the Youth Ornithology Camps
on Wolf Ridge's website for more information about the classes and how to register.
- A beginner
banding class will be held on Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership
off the coast of central Maine. The class will be held July 12-18, 2020. Please contact the class host, Teddy Simpson
, (phone: 207-867-6050), or see the banding class registration page
on Hurricane Island's website for more information about the class, including how to register.
- An advanced
banding class will be held at the Beaver Creek Reserve
near Fall Creek, Wisconsin. The class will be held August 24-27, 2020. Please contact Beaver Creek's Citizen Science Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information about the class, including costs and how to register.
2020 Fall Banding Classes
banding class will be held at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center
in northeastern Minnesota which will tie in with their Fabulous Fall Adult Weekend. The tentative class dates are September 23-26, 2020. Please contact the class host, Peter Harris
for more information about the class 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.
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.
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:
|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.
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.
|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 traveling 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. 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
To inquire about possible dates for a customized class or to discuss training possibilities in more detail, please contact Danielle Kaschube