Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

Beginning Bird Banding Course

The Southern Sierra Research Station is excited to offer a Beginning Bird Banding Workshop this fall. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early! The workshop is limited to 12 participants and will be taught by SSRS staff and NABC-certified banders.


Dates: September 12-16th, 2022 (5 days)


Description: This workshop is designed for people who do not have bird banding experience and want an introduction to this important avian research technique. We will cover topics such as proper setup and placement of mist nets, extraction of songbirds from mist nets, bird safety, bird handling, banding and data collection, use of the Pyle guide, bird identification in the hand, bird banding ethics, the role of banding in research and monitoring, and a brief introduction to ageing and sexing of birds in the hand. We will spend the mornings mist-netting and banding birds, and in the afternoons we will have classroom-style lectures and discussions. In addition to an understanding of the topics listed above and the chance to practice hands-on techniques, participants will be provided with written materials and resources for further study.


No previous bird handling or banding experience is required


Any questions about the workshop can be directed to Sasha Robinson: sashar@southernsierraresearch.org.


Cost: $1,100


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 served basis. Lunches will be provided.


Registration: To register, please complete the following three steps:

  • Fill out and submit the registration form below.
  • Please also send an email to Michelle Johnson at michelle@southernsierraresearch.org with your registration information.
  • Please pay for the course using PayPal with the payment button below. You may alternatively pay by check, please make any checks payable to the Southern Sierra Research Station and mail them to: Southern Sierra Research Station, P.O. Box 1316, Weldon, CA 93283.


We will indicate on this page when the workshop is nearly full.


We look forward to seeing you this fall!


Bird Banding Registration Form


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