MMN Bird Banding Workshop 10/16-18

Written by Stephanie Beilke

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The Midwest Migration Network is pleased to launch the Landbird Migration Banding Initiative!

The Network’s first bander workshop will occur at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve on October 16-18, 2018.

We expect four other workshops this fall of 2018, and in spring of 2019 to be held in other parts of the Midwest. All workshops will be led by Mark Shieldcastle of Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

Why should you participate in a coordinated banding program during the migratory periods?

  1. Make your banding data more useful to scientists. Data collected in a consistent manner across regions allows scientists to ask big picture questions such as looking at annual changes in adult recruitment into populations of declining species.
  2. Work together with other banding stations and scientists to address important large-scale bird research and conservation issues.
  3. Receive technical support to address your local research questions.
  4. Help agencies and organizations make better conservation decisions based on new science-based information.

How to participate?

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  1. You don’t need to stop doing anything you’ve done in the past. All we ask is that you add some new things to your routine. You likely won’t need to add much.
  2. Become involved by participating in this or a future training workshop to learn what your station can do to participate.

What will the workshop cover?

  • Classroom and outdoor sessions.
  • Learn new and updated methods and protocols.
  • Learn how to register your banding station.
  • Learn what to do with the data you collect. Band data will continue to go to the Bird Bandling Lab. Other data collected will be submitted to the Midwest Avian Data Center starting later this year.

To register, send an email to Mark Shieldcastle, and copy Bill Mueller

More information, including the new protocol and agenda, will be forthcoming in early September 2018.


The Midwest Migration Network Banding and Ground Surveys Research Initiative Team