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 them identified
and info on Lyme Disease

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.

Western Bird Banding Association
2013 Annual Summary Information

2013 Spread Sheet

Selected Publications

Who can I call to take care of this bird?
(Rehab facilities)


     Zuma Canyon
     Solstice Canyon (MAPS station)
     Mouth of Zuma Creek

     University of California Burns Reserve

     University of California James Reserve

     Some not-so-recent (5/02) pictures of birds      banded at the James Reserve.

      Garner Valley

     San Fernando Valley
     Garner Valley

     Santa Clara River
     Wind Wolves Preserve


Primer for New (& old) Banders - hints increasing your fitness as a bird bander.
Tabular Pyle - A user friendly method for ageing and sexing birds.
Species Accounts - of the birds we commonly (and later rarely) encounter at our banding stations.
Resources on Birds - literature search
Avian Flu information
AOU searchable checklist - includes supplemental report and updates.

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.  

West Nile Virus and Bird Banding
U.S.G.S. Bird Banding Lab
Alaska Bird Observatory
Avinet  - bird banding equipment
Eastern Bird Banding Association
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Hilton Pond Center
Institute of Bird Population - MAPS 
Klamath Bird Observatory
Migration Monitoring Network 
- list of stations along West Coast
Ojai Raptor Center
Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO)
Powdermill Avian Research Center
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
Tricolor Blackbird Portal
Ventana Wilderness Society (Big Sur Ornithological Lab)
Western Bird Banding Association

Western Field Ornithologists

Links on birds:
California Tree Swallows
Conejo Valley Audubon Society
Cornell Ornithological Laboratory
Global Raptor Information Network
Los Angeles Audubon Soc. Homepage
Malibu Lagoon Checklist
Owl Pages
Project Owlnet
Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society
Santa Monica Mountains NRA - birds of
San Fernando Valley Audubon Society

Birds of Korea (in English!)

Cryptic COPO sitting on ground


Last updated 27 April 2015