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Cloud Forest Bird Banding Volunteer - Ecuador

Job Type: volunteer position

Location: N/A

Posting Date: 29 Jul 14

Closing Date: 28 Oct 14

Cloud Forest Bird Banding Volunteer - Mindo, Ecuador

Join Life Net Nature’s long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador, December 2-15, 2014. We have openings for 6-8 volunteers on this project.

Life Net banding assistants get training in mist-netting and bird banding (optional) at several banding stationsin the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. Volunteers also help with daily bird records, morning bird surveys, data entry, and re-sighting color-banded Andean Cock-of-the-Rock. Our goal is to advance scientific understanding of cloud forest avian communities, including species responses to deforestation, grazing, and climate change.

Reserva Las Tangaras boasts more than 25 species of hummingbird, one of the largest regional cock-of-the-rock display leks, and great numbers of Choco and Andean endemic bird species. Volunteers help set up and monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets to a banding station, and record basic ecological data. Training in handling, measuring and banding is offered to those interested in developing that skill set, but is not required. Volunteers will also have some afternoons and a full day free to explore and/or bird the Mindo area. Accommodation is in the loft of a large research cabin with indoor toilet and hot showers.

A cost-share donation of $1650 is required to cover the volunteer's transportation in Ecuador, meals, lodging, entrance fees, and salaries for Ecuadorian cooks and para-biologists (airfare to and from Ecuador is not included). The donation also contributes to stewardship of the reserve and local educational programs about cloud forest wildlife.

The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at for further details. Experience with mist-netting is desirable, but not required. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project. Visit the Volunteer page of for more details. To apply complete the application form on the Volunteer page and e-mail a brief cover letter to Dr. Dusti Becker,

For more info on Reserva las Tangaras visit manager's blog at:


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Dr. Dusti Becker

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