11 04 2010

BIRD BANDING VOLUNTEERS – Help advance bird conservation in western

Ecuador! Volunteer with Dr. Dusti Becker on Life Net’s annual bird

monitoring project at Las Tangaras Reserve, from 15-28 Aug 2010.

Practice ornithological field methods – hands on, getting experience

with mist-netting and banding, practice your Spanish, and learn South

American tropical birds via intense field study. Work with expert

Ecuadorian staff. Help operate a bird banding station, collect data on

hummingbird habitat preferences, and study behavior of Andean

Cock-of-the Rock. Previous bird banding experience is not required, but

is desirable and welcomed. Las Tangaras Reserve, a beautiful cloud

forest protected area in the western Andes, is located near the village

of Mindo, Ecuador, a world famed birding destination, only two hours

from Quito. Las Tangaras Reserve was created to extend the buffer area

around the Mindo-Nambillo Bosque Protector. We use mist nets to monitor

seasonal variation in birds using interior, and edges of montane cloud

forest (1200-1600m above sea level). Life Net volunteers contribute

$1500 to participate on the project. The tax-deductible donation covers

volunteer’s basic costs in Ecuador (travel to and from research site

from Quito, food, and lodging during the project). Team members are met

by Dr. Dusti Becker Life Net researchers at 9 am in Quito at Posada del

Maple on 15 Aug 2010 and are returned by van on the afternoon of 28 Aug

2010. Volunteers stay in an “eco-lodge” located in the Las Tangaras

Reserve along the beautiful Nambillo river. Excellent and plentiful

home-style Ecuadorian meals and comfortable accommodation make this an

excellent research internship for those looking for a natural history

and cloud forest experience that makes a difference. More information is

available at the Life Net website – Volunteer Page (URL: For more info, contact: DR. DUSTI BECKER

or DR. ANTHONY POVILITIS, Life Net (PH: 406-600-4802, EM: dbecker AT or ).


and Wildlife Research Unit is based out of the University of Florida in

Gainesville and oversees several ongoing wetland-related research

projects. We are seeking an experienced and motivated field crew leader

to assist with the long-term study of the endangered Snail Kite. Field

work for this project will be conducted primarily in the Everglades

wetland ecosystem of south Florida. The field work involves extensive

use of airboats. Applicants must be willing to work LONG, flexible hours

in a HOT, humid environment. (Some days involve working from sunrise to

sunset). Field work involves entering waist-deep water, sometimes in

close proximity to alligators and snakes. All of the necessary training

will be supplied, including airboat operation and maintenance. Applicant

must be willing to learn to drive and repair airboats which are loud,

finicky, and can be unsafe if not maintained properly. Duties include

day long behavioral observations of snail kites, intensive vegetation

sampling, identification of plants in the lab, radio telemetry,

occasional trapping and banding of snail kites, nest searching, data

entry, and maintenance of field equipment and boats. Assistance on the

mark-recapture surveys that are run from central to south Florida may be

required from time to time during the kite breeding season. Applicant

will be responsible for overseeing the logistics that go into the

operation of the two-person crew. Salary: $1920/month + housing. Housing

will be provided behind the Oasis Visitor Center located in Big Cypress

National Preserve located 50 miles west of Miami and 50 miles east of

Naples, FL. Applicant should be comfortable living and working with only

one other individual for a majority of the time. Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife,

or a related field. Previous experience leading a field crew is strongly

desired. Previous experience handling and banding wild raptors is a plus

as is experience with behavioral observations. Experience with engine

repair/maintenance and driving/trailering boats is a major bonus, but

not necessary. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver’s license. This

position starts as soon as possible and requires a minimum commitment of

one year depending on funding. If interested please send your resume

with cover letter and three references to: JEAN OLBERT and KYLE PIAS

(EM: snailkites AT by 20 Mar 2010. For questions see our

website (URL: or contact us via email

(preferred) or by phone (PH: 352-494-7485).

VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT(S) needed for a minimum commitment of six

weeks anytime between 1 May and 10 Aug 2010 in New Brunswick, Canada.

Our project is looking at the parental behaviors of breeding piping

plovers (Charadrius melodus melodus) in a changing predator environment.

Piping Plovers are an endangered migratory shorebird that breed on open

sandy beaches in North America. This particular subspecies has been

termed management-dependent and continues to be threatened by habitat

loss, flooding and predation, despite several years of targeted efforts.

We will be conducting our field study in two Atlantic Canadian National

Parks: Kouchibouguac National Park and Prince Edward Island National

Park. Remote video cameras will be used in conjunction with standardized

surveys to determine whether parental anti-predator behavior, current

management strategies and reproductive success are related. Applicants

should be familiar with shorebird survey techniques and demonstrate an

attention to detail and accurate data collection. Work will entail long

days walking several kilometers of sandy beaches in variable weather. A

capacity to carry heavy equipment over short distances is essential, as

are good interpersonal skills and a positive attitude. Accommodation

will be provided at both field sites. To apply, please email resume to

GABRIELLE BEAULIEU (EM: ) by 26 Mar 2010.

VOLUNTEER BANDING ASSISTANT–Innis Point Bird Observatory, near Ottawa,

Ontario, Canada – The Observatory is located on the south side of the

Ottawa River about 15 km west of downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It

has been in operation since 1982, with a Spring Migration Monitoring

Program (SMMP) since 1997. Duties of the assistant will include helping

the Bander-In-Charge with carrying out the daily field protocol (banding

+ recording), data entry, light maintenance around the building/netting

area. We can offer accommodations in the form of spartan accommodations

on site at no charge. The site is located on DND property and the

facilities include two buildings, equipped with basic living amenities;

although there is no running water and no telephone, there is

electricity, heat, internet access and an outhouse toilet. Food is your

own responsibility, although we may offer a small allowance. A car would

be helpful since the station is located on the DND property. Positions

are for at least 2 weeks, and the spring program runs from 24 Apr to 7

Jun. Interested candidates are invited to apply, with CV, to CELIA

BODNAR (PH: 613-836-7907; EM: ).

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for a four month gull-billed telemetry project in

San Diego Bay. I am looking for individuals who live within or near San

Diego with telemetry and/or colony monitoring experience (or for biology

students that would like to gain valuable field experience) that would

like to contribute to an exciting project on gull-billed terns. This is

a completely voluntary project (no salary) with the possibility of

transportation reimbursement. You wouldn’t need to commit to the whole

four month period but I would like to find volunteers who could commit

to 4-6 weeks. Duties include telemetry and seabird colony monitoring

which are often time intensive in hot weather. A tolerance for boredom,

inactivity, and an enjoyment for sitting in a blind are appreciated. If

you are interested and have questions, please contact KATE GOODENOUGH

via email (EM: ).





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