Southern Sierra Research Station

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Advanced Bird Banding Course

The Southern Sierra Research Station is excited to offer Institute for Bird Populations Advanced Bird Banding Course. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early! The Advanced Bird Banding Course is limited to 9 participants and will be taught by Lauren Helton of IBP (Institute for Bird Populations)


Dates: Sept 10-14, 2018


This advanced bird banding class is designed to help participants fine tune the banding skills they already possess and to advance their comprehension of molt strategies and ability to recognize molt limits and plumages on birds in hand. Classes are very individualized and the rate of progression will be dependent upon the skill level of the participants. There will be a concentration on details of feather morphology, plumages, and molt limits. We will spend the morning mist-netting and banding birds, and in the afternoon will have classroom lectures and discussions on ageing and molting songbirds.


Some of the skills that will be reviewed and expanded upon in the morning field sessions include:

  • operation of and removal of birds from mist nets so that extraction speeds and safety are increased
  • bird-handling skills, e.g. using proper grips to minimize bird stress
  • in-hand ageing and sexing techniques, e.g. fine tuning of skulling, scoring on the data sheet, recognizing molt limits

Lectures and discussions in the afternoons cover:

  • avian life histories
  • molts
  • plumages
  • the role of banding in research and monitoring

Before attending an advanced class, participants should be able to handle and set up mist-nets; be able to extract birds from mist-nets; and have familiarity with ageing hatch-year versus after-hatch-year birds.


Cost: $850.00


A $150 non-refundable down payment is required to hold a spot in the class. Housing may be available at an additional cost on a first come, first serve basis.


To register participants should email michelleatssrs@gmail.com. In the registration email, please include your name, address, and phone number where you can be reached. Please pay for the course using a credit card or pay pal account using the payment button below. Alternatively, payment by check can be made payable to the Southern Sierra Research Station and mailed to the research station PO box mailing address listed at the bottom of this page.


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Beginner Bird Banding Course

The Southern Sierra Research Station, Weldon, CA, will host a fall Beginner Bird Banding course. The beginner course is intended for birders and wildlife biologists and will be taught by Patti Wohner. Patti has been banding passerines on research projects for over 18 years and will teach necessary skills for monitoring and research programs involving bird banding. The specific skills taught will include: safe operation of mist nets, methods of extraction of birds from mist nets, bird-handling skills, a primer on in-hand ageing and sexing techniques, and data scoring and recording using MAPS protocol and forms. Target netting skills may also be taught depending on interest.


Dates: September 17 - 21, 2018


The course will be taught at the height of migration in riparian forest at 3 MAPS sites in the Audubon Kern River Preserve. Each site has 10 nets and ample opportunities for each student to handle many different passerines and near-passerines including warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, flycatchers, and others.


Each day will consist of a morning practical mist netting and banding birds, and an afternoon class session.


Cost of the course with rustic lodging including breakfast and lunch is $2000/ person.


Cost without lodging and food is $1500/ person.


A $150 non-refundable down payment is required to hold a spot in the class.


Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early! The Beginner Bird Banding Course is limited to 6 participants!


To register participants should email michelleatssrs@gmail.com. In the registration email, please include your name, address, and phone number where you can be reached. Please pay for the course using a credit card or pay pal account using the payment button below. Alternatively, payment by check can be made payable to the Southern Sierra Research Station and mailed to the research station PO box mailing address listed at the bottom of this page.


Workshop Payment