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Cloud Forest Bird Banding Volunteer - Ecuador
Job Type: volunteer position
Posting Date: 13 Feb 14
Closing Date: 15 May 14
Join Life Net Nature’s long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador, July 13-26, 2014. We have openings for 4-6 volunteers on this project.
Life Net banding assistants help with mist-netting of birds at several banding stations located and doing daily bird surveys in the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. 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 free to explore and/or bird the Mindo area. Accommodation is in the loft of a large research cabin.
A cost-share donation of $1550 cover transportation in Ecuador, meals, and lodging during the conservation research program, reserve fees, 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 educational programs about cloud forest wildlife.
The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at email@example.com 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 www.lifenetnature.org for more details. To apply complete the application form on the Volunteer page and e-mail a brief cover letter to Dr. Dusti Becker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info on Reserva las Tangaras visit manager's blog at: http://lastangaras.wordpress.com/who-are-we/
Contact Information:Dr. Dusti Becker
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