Cloud Forest Bird Monitoring - Mindo, Ecuador

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Sun Jun 17, 2018 08:45 AM - Sat Jun 30, 2018


Reserva Las TangarasMindo, NONEEC
Las Tangaras Bird Monitoring Team


Ecuador Andes Bird Banding Volunteer(s)

Dr. Dusti Becker seeks 8 capable volunteers to help with bird banding as part of a long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador, June 17-30, 2017.

Life Net banding assistants help with mist-netting of birds at several banding stations and do bird surveys in and around 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 over time.

Reserva Las Tangaras boasts more than 25 species of hummingbird, one of the largest regional cock-of-the-rock display leks, and over 300 bird species including many Choco and Andean endemics.

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 volunteers interested in developing an avian monitoring skill set. Volunteers will also have some free time to explore and/or bird the Mindo area and to bird higher elevation Bellavista Reserve at the end of the monitoring project.

Accommodation is in the loft of a large research cabin (hot showers, indoor flush toilet). Meals are home-style Ecuadorian prepared by experienced local cooks. Bed and mosquito net provided, but volunteers must bring their own bedding.

The cost-share donation of $1650 covers transportation in Ecuador, meals, 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 also contributes to expenses to protect and manage the Las Tangaras Reserve and to provide educational programs about cloud forest wildlife for guests and local people.

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. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project. Visit the 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 application form.

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Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 2 weeks
  • Good physical condition

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