Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 211. Phone (570) 945-8404. E-mail:
North American Banders' Study Guide (NABSG) and Guide to the Banding of North American Passerines
(GBNAP), both published by the North American Banding Council. Will
be passed out in class..
NORTH AMERICAN BIRD BANDING PROGRAM
Any field guide to the birds of North America. The
Peterson Field Guide is a good one.
Class Meetings: Fridays,
730 - 9:00 am and times to be
arranged. Come prepared
for weather conditions.
Course Goal: To introduce you to the wildlife biology technique
of bird banding.
- to act according to the Bird Bander's Code of Ethics.
- to be able to properly erect, monitor, and maintain mistnets.
- to be able to safely extract birds from mistnets.
- to be able to safely handle birds and switch them between hands and grips.
- to understand the numbering system of bands.
- to be able to apply bands properly.
- to understand and apply the basics of ageing and sexing of birds.
- to properly record the data.
- to interact with the public in a sensitive way.
Note: I hope to
spend one or more afternoons road banding American Kestrels. This will be
outside of normal class time. I hope you'll be
able to make it!
||Assignment for next class
||Course information. Introductory banding demonstration.
||NABSG sections 2,3,4,5,10.1-10.5
Introduction to Birdbanding;
||Study for quiz on bird topography.
||Quiz. Handling birds & setting up mist nets.
||NABSG section 11 and GBNAP section 4
||Quiz. Ageing and sexing.
||GBNAP section 13.4
||Summary of banding-related research article
|Weekly written quizzes (5@10 pts)
|Instructor's subjective evaluation
|Final written and practical examination
|Summary of banding-related research article
Bird Banding Laboratory:
The North American Bird Banding Program
North American Banding Council
Powdermill Nature Preserve