Nature Reserve & Biological Station

Bird Banding & Monitoring Course

Studying birds in the Neotropics


In the scope of the long-term monitoring of the bird communities in the nature reserve and its surroundings the Biological Station Un poco del Chocó offers a Bird Banding & Monitoring course. The objective of this course is to impart theoretical and practical knowledge in tropical bird biology and avian monitoring techniques.




The course begins with a theoretical introduction to the avifauna of the reserve and different monitoring techniques. Later participants will be prepared for the field and learn the basics of using mistnets and bird banding.

During the field work they will set up and monitor mistnets, extract birds from nets, assist in the banding process (band and measure birds) and record data. One morning will be dedicated to lectures on ethical bird banding, bird safety, operation of a banding station, ageing and sexing techniques and molt analysis. Furthermore students will participate in one transect count and help count birds.

Dates 2021


We are currently monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and will announce new dates as soon as we deem the situation safe enough.
Please contact us if you are interested in a course. We might also be able to offer private training.

Course fee   950 US $


This covers the costs for food (three meals per day), lodging in a double room (bunk bed), use of the station’s facilities and WiFi, the lab and research equipment, professional supervision and taxes.

We learned a lot about the wonders of the ecosystem rainforest and will never forget the wonderful time we had...

Peggy & Nora, Germany


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