Ecuador - Bird Banding Expeditions (Summer & Winter 2018)

Ecuador - Bird Banding Expeditions (Summer & Winter 2018)

03 Dec 09:00 - 16 Dec 17:00 - Mindo
Reserva Las Tangaras

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Volunteer on an avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador and help sustain a protected area while you learn how to mist net and band tropical birds.

Summer Team: June 17-30, 2018 (6 positions remaining)
Winter Team: December 3-17, 2018 (4 positions remaining)

Life Net banding assistants help with mist-netting of birds at several banding stations and help conduct bird surveys at the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. The goal is to advance scientific understanding of cloud forest avian communities, including avian responses to deforestation and climate change. Your participation contributes to maintaining this unique protected area in this biodiveristy hotspot in Ecuador.

Reserva Las Tangaras, a 50-hectare nature preserve, boasts more than 25 species of hummingbird, the largest regional Andean cock-of-the-rock display lek, and over 300 bird species, many of which are endemic to the Choco and Andean regions. The reserve is also home to endangered capuchin monkeys, spectacled bear, cougar, and myriads of other wildlife species.

Volunteers set up and monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets to a banding station, and record basic ecological data in the field. Training in handling, measuring and banding is included, but some previous experience is desirable. Volunteers will have some off time to explore the Mindo area, and we will make a birding visit to higher-elevation Bellavista Reserve at the end of the monitoring project.

Accommodation is in a large research cabin where you will have a bed with mosquito netting, showers, & indoor flush toilet. Meals are delicious home-style Ecuadorian prepared by experienced local cooks.

The cost-share donation of $1650 covers transportation in Ecuador, meals, and lodging during the conservation research program, reserve fees, salaries for Ecuadorian cooks and para-biologists, and entrance and lunch at Bellavista Reserve on the final day of the project. Airfare to and from Ecuador and expenses in Quito are not included. The cost-share donation helps to cover costs associated with hosting the volunteer team and contributes to annual upkeep of the Las Tangaras Reserve contributing to educational programs about cloud forest wildlife, providing a stipend to volunteer reserve stewards, maintaining trails and signs, making repairs, and preventing damage to the local ecosystem. Cost share donations provide much of the funding to sustain the protected area.

The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at for further details. Experience with mist-netting is desirable, but not required as we will train. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project.

Visit more details about Life Net Nature and Reserva Las Tangaras.

To apply, email a brief cover e-letter detailing your experience and interest in participating on the team to Dr. Dusti Becker, (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form.

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