Canada Geese by Leslie Abram
Canada Geese by Leslie Abram

General Volunteer Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • Be a member in good standing of PEPtBO
  • Sign the release form at the beginning of the season
  • Show up on your scheduled days or arrange for a replacement
  • Arrive at sun-up and plan to leave only when the nets are closed – usually six hours later
  • Observe the “Code of Conduct” and other notices posted in the banding lab (especially with regard to the proper handling of birds and the treatment of visitors)
  • Wear your “volunteer” badge when on duty
  • Learn and have fun!

Tips to make your day more enjoyable

  • Take a lunch with you, including something to drink
  • Make sure you have appropriate footwear, such as hiking boots and/or rain boots. Those trails can get muddy!
  • It’s easy to catch jewellery, clothing (and even glasses!) in the nets when you are extracting a bird. Be especially careful of rings or watches, some peaked caps, Velcro or buttons (especially on cuffs).
  • Layer your clothing so you can be comfortable in case of sudden weather changes, which are frequent at the Point. Dark/neutral colours are best. White tends to scare birds away.
  • Don’t forget insect repellent (The birds do try but can’t eat all the bugs!) but do not put repellent on your hands if you are handling birds, it’s not very good for the birds. Also remember sunscreen and your binoculars. In the case of bad weather, call the Observatory (613 476-5801) before cancelling your trip. Conditions at Prince Edward Point can be vastly different from other parts of the county and you could miss a very busy day.

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