|I am a Master
Bird Bander (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit # 22030). I have been
banding for close to 20 years. I was a subpermittee under Norm Hogg, who
was my Master Bander. I became a Master Bander in 1997, when Norm died
unexpectedly. My emphasis has been to teach and train students how to
band birds; thus, most of my help has come from present and former
students from Santa Monica College. In addition, a few volunteers have
come from National Park Service and from the general public.
Because my focus is to teach students, my banding work covers a wide
arrays of habitats. Thus, we typically band around 1000-1500 birds of
60-80 species each year.
Bird Ticks - how to get
Learn more about our small owl banding.
I want to learn how to band birds! Easier said than done.
One of my bander has been putting photos of some of the birds we encounter on her blog. Check it out!
The first link, Birding by Feather: a Molt Primer, by Peter Pyle is a series of digital photographs accompanied by a basic review of molt and plumage terminology. This is a wonderful clear introduction and a must reading for any bird bander wanting to understand this complicated topic. It is best to print this on a good color printer.
The second link is an accompanying article, A Birding Interview with Peter Pyle, about playing black jack, reading Tao te Ching, passing out in the jungles of Guatemala, photographing great white sharks, and having a giant in birding for a father. Peter Pyle's humble journey to eventually write the "bible" of bird banding, now simply called "Pyle." This is short equivalent to E.O. Wilson's autobiography, The Naturalist. The article offers hope to the many young, starving, itinerant field biologists.
Who can I call to take care of this
MORE ABOUT MY BANDING STATIONS
NEW BANDING STATION?
BIRD BANDING RESOURCES
Primer for New (& old) Banders -
hints increasing your fitness as a bird bander.
Common Poorwill banded at Zuma Canyon 20 Feb 2006 as a SY bird (see another picture below).
At present, one of my major focuses is working on the Tabular Pyle. Some 400 species accounts have thus far been completed, and others are being written on an irregular basis.
BIRD BANDING LINKS:
Links on birds:
Cryptic COPO sitting on ground
|Last updated 27 April 2015|