Training Workshop on Bird Banding Techniques and North American Banding Council Certification Opportunity
Partners in Flight and the Sociedad Mesoamericana para la Biología y la Conservación provided training in banding and migratory bird conservation issues in Central America, thanks to technical cooperation from SalvaNATURA, North American Banding Council, The Institute for Bird Populations, USDA Forest Service – International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Klamath Bird Observatory, and National Park Service‐ Park Flight Migratory Bird Program; and funding from Missouri Department of Conservation, Centro Científico Tropical, Optics for the Tropics, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory/Partners in Flight, and Audubon North Carolina & SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
A five‐day, hands‐on, intense bird banding and conservation training workshop was held in El Imposible National Park, El Salvador from 5‐9 November 2008. This project engaged twenty Mesoamerican ornithologists in workshop that promoted the ethical use of birds in science, advanced the collection of high‐quality monitoring data and understanding of bird conservation policies. Workshop activities included field training and lectures on ageing and sexing passerine birds, conservation schemes, data analysis and presentation, and bird‐banding training techniques.