Adrienne Leppold: Advanced Field Methods for Studying Songbird and Raptor Migration
More than 300 species of birds occur in Maine at some point in their life cycle. Maine is a nexus of activity for both breeding birds and migrant individuals. This course has been scheduled to overlap the transition period from the breeding season into fall migration. The main topics of the course include 1) methods for capturing and marking wild birds, 2) methods for studying avian migration behavior, and 3)data analysis/application.
This course will be ideal for professors, graduate students, state or federal biologists, and upper level undergraduates with an existing knowledge of basic ornithological principles and species identification skills. looking to gain exposure to a diverse skill set in avian sampling methodologies. Field and classroom topics include, but are not limited to, mist-netting (passive and target with play-back), banding, in-hand age and sex determination, use of auxillary markers, and various emerging tracking technologies. Field portions will be focused on the capture and study of songbirds and raptors and can be flexible given the specific interests and skill levels of participants.