Each Spring (Apr-May) and Fall (mid-Aug-Oct) PEPtBO has openings for a volunteer BANDING ASSISTANT

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.  The Banding Assistant position is demanding (7 days a week) and applicants should be prepared to live in an isolated location and to work well with other volunteers. 

Duties will include helping the Bander-In-Charge with carrying out the daily field protocol, some data entry, some light maintenance around the building/netting area, and greeting visitors.

To apply for the Banding Assistant position send your resume (including banding experience/qualifications and 2 references) to:

Bander-In-Charge David Okines:  david.okines@gmail.com
Fall 2018 (Aug-Oct - 2 positions available)
 (Photo: PEPtBO Bander-In-Charge David Okines with banding visitor Mike Jackson)

 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.


 The Bander-In-Charge at the Observatory is an NABC (North American Banding Council) certified Trainer and he and the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory offer banders and ringers from around the world, the opportunity to stay at the Observatory, to practise and improve banding skills and to work with a wide diversity of species.

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. 

Visiting Banding Assistants

 The Observatory offers hostel type accommodation for short term Visiting Banders wishing to practise banding skills.

The cost is $30 (includes taxes) per night per person to cover expenses and the food provided. Because we are located within a National Wildlife Area owned by the Canadian Wildlife Service there is unfortunately no camping or overnighting 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.