NABC Bird Banding Workshop

Our fall banding workshop is back by popular demand at the T.R.E.E.S. Field Station and Toucan Ridge Bird Observatory in Belize! Over the 5-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of bird banding from certified NABC trainers. Instruction will be primarily field-based in small groups (max. 4 per trainer), while classroom style discussions will review: the history of bird banding, bird banding techniques, Pyle, Bird Topography, Molt, and other pertinent topics. The workshop is tailored for participants with no experience to those with plenty. For those wishing to become certified at the Assistant, Bander, or Trainer level, the session will take place immediately following the workshop. Participants will learn ageing and sexing of Neotropical migrants as well as resident Belizean birds using both Pyle and WRP ageing systems.


Workshop: Nov 7 – 11 (5 days) // $950 USD // (Arrive: Nov 6, Depart: Nov 12)

Certification: Nov 12 – 13 (2 days) // $400 USD // (Arrive: Nov 11, Depart: Nov 14)

Workshop & Certification: Nov 7 – 13 (7 days) // $1,350 USD (Arrive Nov 6, Depart: Nov 14)


Course is hosted in an open-air facility with small groups (max. 4 per trainer) at T.R.E.E.S Research Center, Covid-Safe Gold Standard Approved.

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Fall 2021 Bird Banding Apprenticeship

Fall 2021 Bird Banding Apprenticeship

September 20th through to October 29th 2021


The Toucan Ridge Bird Observatory, located at the T.R.E.E.S Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize, currently has between 2 – 4 apprenticeship spots open for our Fall 2021 Bird Banding Apprenticeship Program. During this Apprenticeship you will learn how to set-up mist-nets, extract passerine birds from mist-nets, learn proper bird banding techniques, learn how to I.D., age and sex resident birds as well as Neotropical migrants, learn proper data entry, and more. In addition to the field work the Apprenticeship comes with 2 lectures on bird banding methodology as well as a lecture on Ageing and Sexing and hours of training. The main banding instructor is a North American Banding Council certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field. You will also have the opportunity to work with other experienced banders and other apprentices from around the world. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn additional avian monitoring techniques, as well as methodologies to study other wildlife species, including turtle radio-telemetry and bat mist-netting.


Fees for the Apprenticeship: $364 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment, all food (self-catering in communal kitchen but ingredients provided) and lodging at the research center in shared dormitory-style cabins with other same sex interns/apprentices/volunteers. Fees do not include airport transfer, flights, or travel medical insurance.

Dates for the Apprenticeship: Interns can choose to do a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks during this Apprenticeship program, though 4 weeks is the recommended duration.

Schedule: Banding runs every day Monday through Friday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Apprentices are welcome to travel to visit other locations in Belize on weekends if they desire, however no refunds on food and lodging will be available if the apprentice decides to leave the station.

Prior Experience: No prior banding experience required however experience handling wildlife and knowledge of bird biology and identification is an asset. However, experienced bird banders are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates.


How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at

and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website:

Avian Research Field Course

This Field Course is for those people interested in learning or improving research techniques and related field skills for studying birds in terrestrial landscapes. We offer introductory, intermediate, advanced and master-level course segments in bird banding/ringing, point count sampling, species identification, and datasheet and database management methods. Each course segment lasts two weeks, and interns can opt to combine several segments into a course that best suits their training needs with respect to bats. Each course segment is led by one or two bat experts, each with years of experience to share, and include both theoretical and practical classes. Participants who successfully complete the full course (i.e. all four segments, Beginner to Master, lasting 8 weeks) or the three most advanced segments (i.e. Intermediate to Master, 6 weeks) can gain direct access to the Skilled Research Internship program going forward, as their level of expertise will have reached a sufficiently high level that would be able to assist the bird team coordinators with all aspects of their work in a professional and semi-independent manner. Fees apply for each course segment.