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Banding Classes in 2013

IBP facilitated beginner and advanced banding classes are held in cooperation with outside organizations. Information will be posted here on 2013 classes as they are scheduled. Classes fill quickly so we recommend early registration when possible. Alternatively, you can customize a class to suit your needs.

Scheduled Banding Classes

Spring 2013

A beginner banding class will be held April 20 - 27, 2013 and an advanced banding class will be held April 28 - May 2, 2013 at Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center in central North Carolina. Please click here for an information and registration packet and/or contact the class host Jordan Astoske at Howell Woods ELC for more information and class availability.

Summer 2013

Two advanced banding classes will be held July 23 -27, 2013 and July 28 - August 1, 2013 at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northeastern Minnesota. Please visit the Wolf Ridge banding workshop page for registration information.

Fall 2013

An advanced banding class will be held at the Environmental Studies on the Piedmont near Warrenton, Virginia and is tentatively scheduled for September 21 - 25, 2013. Please contact the class host, Louise Edsall at Environmental Studies for more information and class availability.

See below for more information on how to schedule your own customized class.

Customized Classes

Since 1997, IBP has taught several bander training classes each year between April and August for both beginning and advanced banders. We do not provide regularly scheduled classes, but instead offer customized classes to better meet banders' needs. Potential class participants arrange session dates for which we provide a trainer to work with the class at the location of the organizer's choosing.

Course length, content, materials and timing can be adjusted to best fit the needs of the group and can be arranged at a convenient location, provided that adequate numbers of birds can be safely banded and that suitable facilities for class-time discussions are available. Over the years, we've had requests for customized classes from groups of volunteers who band together at a station to wildlife agencies seeking to develop personnel skills.

Sessions with space available will be advertised on this website (see above). This allows those unable to arrange their own class to identify sessions which they may be able to attend. Including additional individuals into pre-arranged sessions also helps reduce the per-person cost of running a class.

Requirements for Hosting a Customized Training Class

Site & 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) during the season intended for the class. 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.

Fees

7 Day Introductory Banding Class

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

Item Rate Cost
Training and travel time* 8 days @ $500/day $4,000
Trainer's travel, room, and board approx. $800 $800
Providing/processing bands 1 days @ $500/day $500
Training materials $63/person $378
  Total Cost $5,678
Approximate price per person   $946
* If travel time exceeds half a day to and/or from the class, additional time charges will e added.

4 Day Advanced Banding Class Fees

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

Item Rate Cost
Training and travel time* 5 days @ $500/day $2,500
Trainer's travel, room, and board approx. $600 $600
Bands and site preparation provided by host $0
Training materials $35/person $210
  Total Cost $3310
Approximate price per person   $552
* If travel time exceeds half a day to and/or from the class, additional time charges may be added.

Class size

Class size is generally limited to six participants. If needed, two instructors may be available to co-teach classes when there are more than six students. Fees for such classes are increased accordingly.

Facilities

Courses tend to be held at low-cost 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 are likely to be rustic and courses are 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
Erin Rowan
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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