Bird Banding Opportunities

The following WBBA members have offered to make their banding operations accessible to visitors, apprentices, volunteers, guest banders, and/or the media. Contact them directly for further information and to make arrangements. In order to protect the email addresses on this page, we have made them "un-clickable." Please copy-and-paste into your browser/e-mail client.

CANADA

 

ALBERTA

>> The Institute for Bird Populations - dkaschube@birdpop.org - 609-892-0445 - www.birdpop.org

Don Stiles - stilesdj@shaw.ca (Calgary Area)


>> Beaverhill Bird Observatory - http://beaverhillbirds.com

Head Biologist - biologist@beaverhillbirds.com - 780-915-1301

BRITISH COLUMBIA

>> Rocky Point Bird Observatory - Ann Nightingale - rpbo@rpbo.org - 250-514-6450 - Rocky Point Bird Observatory (Capital Regional District)

>> Andrew C. Stewart - andy.stewart@shaw.ca - 250-477-1328

 

MEXICO

 

 

OAXACA & VERACRUZ

>> Manuel Grosselet - birdinnet@yahoo.com.mx - 55 10 69 83 39 - (Minatitlan) www.tierradeaves.com/

 

COSTA RICA

 

>> Costa Rica Bird Observatories, Pablo Elizondo, jpelizondoatpifcostarica.org, +001-506-8834-4858 www.CostaRicaBird.org

UNITED STATES


ALASKA

>> Alaska Songbird Institute - https://aksongbird.org/education/volunteers/

 

ARIZONA

​Maricopa & Mohave Counties

>> Chrissy Kondrat-Smith - azdesertbird@gmail.com

Cochise & Pima Counties

>> George C. West - kbaybird@aol.com - 520-648-3743 - www.birchsidestudios.com

Coconino, Pima, & Yuma Counties

>> Charles van Riper III - charles_van_riper@usgs.gov - 520-626-7027 - Charles van Riper, Ornithologist, Research Scientist

Pima County

>> Clait E. Braun - sg-wtp@juno.com - doves only

 

CALIFORNIA

Humboldt County

>> Klamath Bird Monitoring Network - www.klamathbird.org
C. J. Ralph - cjralph@humboldt1.com
Office: 707-825-2992, Cell: 707-499-9707
John D. Alexander -  jda@klamathbird.org
Office: 541-201-0866, Cell: 541-890-7067

www.fs.fed.us/psw/locations/arcata/

Los Angeles & Kern Counties

>> Walter H. Sakai - sakai_walter@smc.edu / danausakai@aol.com
310-434-4702 http://homepage.smc.edu/sakai_walter/

 

>> San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory - Mark Osokow, mark.osokow@sfvaudubon.org

Marin County

>> Point Blue Conservation Science - http://www.pointblue.org

Palomarin Field Station - Diana Humple - dhumple@pointblue.org

https://www.pointblue.org/internships/conservation-science-internships-at-the-palomarin-field-station/

Southeast Farallon Island:

Summer seabird research - https://www.pointblue.org/internships/volunteer-research-assistant-southeast-farallon-island/

Fall songbird research - Jim Tietz - jtietz@pointblue.org
 

Mariposa County

>> Barbara Robinson - indianpeakranch@sti.net - 209-966-5259 - hummingbirds only

Merced County

>> Steve Simmons - simwoodduk@aol.com - 209-722-3540

Orange County

>> Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary - www.starr-ranch.org/

Sandy DeSimone - sdesimone@audubon.org - 949-858-0309
 

Plumas County

>> Brent Campos - bcampos@pointblue.org - 707-781-2555 ext.331

Riverside County

>> Stephen J. Myers - stephenmyers@earthlink.net - 951-616-7578

>> Walter H. Sakai - sakai_walter@smc.edu / danausakai@aol.com - 310-434-4702 - http://homepage.smc.edu/sakai_walter/

San Bernardino County

>> Walter H. Sakai, sakai_walter@smc.edu / danausakai@aol.com - 310-434-4702 - http://homepage.smc.edu/sakai_walter/

San Luis Obispo County

>> Jodi L. Isaacs - jodiisaacs@parks.ca.gov - or jodiisaacs@sbcglobal.net - 805-458-3974

San Mateo County

>> Mel Preston - mpreston@pointblue.org

Santa Clara County

>> San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Milpitas - Josh Scullen - jscullen@sfbbo.org, http://sfbbo.org/

Tehama County

>> Brent Campos - bcampos@pointblue.org - 707-781-2555 ext.331

Ventura County

>> San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory - Mark Osokow - mark.osokow@sfvaudubon.org
>> Walter H. Sakai - sakai_walter@smc.edu / danausakai@aol.com - 310-434-4702 - http://homepage.smc.edu/sakai_walter/

 

COLORADO

El Paso County

>> Fred Engelman - fcengelman@earthlink.net - 719.339.9691

El Paso and Teller Counties

>> Dave Elwonger - davidelwonger@msn.com

>> Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II - oak@thorne-eco.org - 303-499-3647 (w) or 303-447-1769 (h) - www.thorne-eco.org

Clear Creek, Park, Summit, Larimer, & Grand Counties

>> Clait E. Braun - sg-wtp@juno.com - ptarmigan only

 

IDAHO

>> The Institute for Bird Populations - dkaschube@birdpop.org - 609-892-0445 - www.birdpop.org

 

MONTANA

>> The Institute for Bird Populations - dkaschube@birdpop.org - 609-892-0445 - www.birdpop.org

 

NEVADA

>> The Institute for Bird Populations - dkaschube@birdpop.org - 609-892-0445 - www.birdpop.org

NEW MEXICO

>> Borderlands Environmental Education and Research - Carlsbad, NM - Steve West- wthrswift@gmail.com, 575-302-6187

 

OREGON


>> Klamath Bird Monitoring Network - www.klamathbird.org

John D. Alexander - jda@klamathbird.org - Office: 541-201-0866, Cell: 541-890-7067
C. J. Ralph - cjralph@humboldt1.com - Office: 707-825-2992, Cell: 707-499-9707
www.fs.fed.us/psw/locations/arcata/

WASHINGTON

>> The Institute for Bird Populations - dkaschube@birdpop.org - 609-892-0445 - www.birdpop.org

King County

>> Daniel R Froehlich - dfroehli@u.washington.edu - 206-685-9866

Pierce County

>> Michelle Blanchard - 21meadowlarks@gmail.com

>> Daniel R Froehlich - dfroehli@u.washington.edu - 206-685-9866

Skamania County

>> Catherine J. Flick - stewart@gorge.net / flick@gorge.net - 509-493-1195

Snohomish County

>> Daniel R Froehlich - dfroehli@u.washington.edu - 206-685-9866

Thurston County

>> Michelle Blanchard - 21meadowlarks@gmail.com

 

WYOMING

>> The Institute for Bird Populations - dkaschube@birdpop.org - 609-892-0445 - www.birdpop.org

The Western Bird Banding Association is one of three ornithological associations in the United States that is organizing banding projects and collaborating on research with banded birds in North and Central America.

Bird banding is a research method used within the field of ornithology - the study of birds. 

Banding (or tagging) wildlife is a way for us to indicate and recognize individual animals. To the average person, individuals of any given species are hard or impossible to distinguish by appearance. Additionally, most birds change their appearance - oftentimes drastically - twice a year when they molt their feathers. By assigning a unique identification number to individuals, we are able to document their specific information - whatever the researcher may be interested in. Most of the time this is morphometrics - body measurements. These can be used to observe change over time in various features of a population. This is important because each individual has a unique phenotype - the set of observable traits and characteristics that are the result of the individual interacting with its environment and are thus ecologically significant. 

Bird banding is the science of marking individual birds. 

why it is critical to conservation

important research discovered thanks to banding

do the birds get stressed out? link to FAQs