PEPtBO often has openings for volunteer BANDING INTERNS (Spring: Apr 15-May 31 and Fall: Aug 15 - Oct 31)
Applicants should have previous banding experience (1000+ birds) and preference is given to those who have a working knowledge of Eastern North American species. Experience with raptors/owls is an asset for the Fall October owl banding season. PEPtBO bands 10,000+ birds each year so Interns should be prepared to be part of a hard working team. Interns volunteer 6 days a week and receive accommodation and food.
Duties will include helping the Banding team carry out the daily field protocol, some data entry and interacting with visitors.
To apply for a Banding Intern position, send your resume (including banding experience/qualifications and 2 references) to:
Peter Fuller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fall 2019 (Aug-Oct - 1 or 2 positions available)
PEPtBO's banding site is very significant due to the tremendous number of migratory birds that pass through the area.The location is a focal point for passerines, waterfowl and raptors, with yearly reports of rare and unusual species. The Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada designated Prince Edward Point as a Globally Important Birding Area (IBA) in 1998. The Observatory includes a banding lab, a bander's cottage and net lanes both in the woods and alongside the old field edge among the scrub.
In an average spring, we band 4000-5500 birds of 100+ species and in the fall we band 6000-8000 birds of 100 species. Daily banding totals have reached 700+ in a day but 100-300 is more usual depending on the time of the year. Owl banding takes place in the fall during October and up to 1500 owls have been banded in a season, although 700-800 is more usual with a norm of 30-60 a night.
The Observatory can sometimes offer accommodation for short term (less than 3 weeks) Visiting Banders wishing to practise banding skills.
The cost is $30 (includes taxes) per night per person to cover accommodation and food. Because we are located within a National Wildlife Area operated by the Canadian Wildlife Service there is no camping or staying in vehicles allowed in the area.
NOTE: If you are interested in planning a visit please contact us well in advance as accommodation is limited and subject to availability. Please include contact information, dates you are interested in coming and your previous banding experience/skill level. All requests are subject to the approval of the Bander-In-Charge.