Course – Bird Banding (Ringing) Workshop

- The 9-day Bird Ringing Forever (BRF) course and workshop provides an opportunity to master the art of mist-netting, bird banding (ringing) and ageing, in a challenging rainforest environment. Managed by Fauna Forever and the Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity (CORBIDI), and with the support of the North American Banding Council (NABC) the course was established to help train the next generation of Neotropical bird specialists in mist-netting, bird handling, bird ringing/banding, and bird identification and ageing. Join us on our next BRF course deep in the Tambopata rainforest of the Peruvian Amazon – a biodiversity hotspot.

The rainforest of south-eastern Peru holds more biological diversity than most other regions on our planet. Our international team of professional Neotropical field ornithologists and certified ringers/banders will take participants into the rainforest each day to impart a plethora of skills and knowledge that will prove invaluable to those people eager to take on the challenges of working with birds and their conservation in the tropics.

No. of Bird Species:
World = 10,000+
South America = 3,200
Colombia (1st) = 1,821
Peru (2nd) = 1,781
Brazil (3rd) = 1,712
Amazon = 1,500
Threatened with Extinction by Human Activities = 1,200
Europe = 1,000
United States = 888
Costa Rica = 838
South Africa = 829
Tambopata = 645
Great Britain = 596
Antarctica = 45
Endemic to Antarctica = 1

Bird Banding Peru Course Workshop Rainforest

Peru Bird Banding Ringing Course

Emerald toucanets (Aulacorhynchus prasinus)

Course Bird Ringing Peru Rainforest

Learn in the field from local and international experts

About the Bird Ringing (Banding) Forever Course

Bird Ringing Course Tambopata Forever

Typical Bird Field Station

Bird Ringing Course Peru

Each course is open to participants of all levels, from beginners to the more experienced. Other than learning directly from the experts, this course offers participants the opportunity to assist in much needed data collection as part of wider population monitoring studies of both resident and migratory bird species which were initiated in Tambopata by Fauna Forever and CORBIDI since 1997.

The courses are held at various lodges and research stations (acknowledged birding paradises) located within the Tambopata National Reserve – an important protected area in south-eastern Peru and recognised as one of the most biologically diverse areas in Amazonia. With the largest parrot and macaw clay-licks (collpas) in the world, Tambopata is also well known amongst birders as ‘the’ place to observe these colourful and noisy birds.

Theoretical and practical field classes will cover all the vital knowledge and skills areas required for participants to master the art of mist-netting, bird ringing and ageing in such a challenging environment as a rainforest. The major themes and ‘must have’ skills taught on the course include: choosing the right mist-net for the bird community and habitats of interest; techniques for the deployment of mist nets in a variety of forest micro-habitats; the efficient extraction and rapid “in-the-hand” processing and ringing techniques that reduce bird stress levels to a minimum; tips and tricks for Neotropical species bird identification using recommended field guide books and other information sources; ageing of birds using molt cycles based on the work by Wolfe et al. (2010); data recording and analysis; identifying the age, sex and moult pattern of birds; safe release techniques; and general care of mist nets and ringing equipment. Obviously practise makes perfect, so participants should come prepared to do a lot of intensive mist-netting with pre-dawn wake-up times.

Nevertheless, there will be some free time for participants and instructors alike to get better acquainted with the multitude of forest, swamp and lakeside habitats around the lodge/station, and in order to dedicate some quality time for some proper birding.

Location of the Bird Ringing Forever Course

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~Dates & Prices

All prices are fully inclusive (*see below) from midday on the first date till midday on the last date:

03 June – 11 June 2012:

  • 8 nights, 9 days (US$1,000)

16 November – 24 November 2012:

  • 8 nights, 9 days (US$1,000)

* What the fee includes

  • Accomodation from start to end of the tour
  • Three substantial and healthy meals every day
  • Clean drinking water and refreshments
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (Puerto Maldonado)
  • Workshop presentations
  • All training and supervision provided by instructors
  • course lecture materials (supplied on CD)
  • certificate
  • a course souvenir (it’s a secret!)

What the fee does not include

  • Travel insurance (this is essential)
  • Flights
  • Spending money for snacks, sodas and souvenirs

A limited number of scholarships, offering reductions of 20-75% in the course fees, are available to promising candidates from around the world. To apply, please send us (along with your application form) a cover letter explaining your interest in the scholarships, a copy of your Curriculum Vitae, and the name of two people we can contact for a professional reference.

Banding Peru Birds Ringing

Banding Birds Peru Course

Banding Peru Course

American pygmy kingfisher

Bird Ringing Peru

Checking the brood patch

Bird ringing Forever Course

Chestnut-fronted macaws

How many of the 599 bird species recorded at our Bird Ringing/Banding site can you spot in one day?

Opisthocomus hoazin) and Paradise tanagers (Tangara chilensis) are assured, Agami herons (Agamia agami) are likely, and even a Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) if you’re lucky. Other notable wildlife species that are regularly observed include: Giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) which frequent the Cocococha, Katicocha, Sachavacyoc and Condenado oxbow lakes, Red howler monkeys (Alouatta sara) observable from the veranda of your palm thatched bungalow, Saddleback tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis) that regularly raid the hanging supplies of fruit, White-lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari) that roam around noisily in herds of 100 individuals or more, as well as Southern tamandua anteaters (Tamandua tetradactyla), Nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus), Black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), and if you’re really patient and crepuscular by habit – the elusive resident Jaguar (Panthera onca). Basically, it’s all about AMAZONIAN BIRDS and RAINFOREST WILDLIFE, so take the plunge and join us!

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