Cloud Forest Bird Monitoring - Mindo, Ecuador

Cause Areas


Sun Jul 16, 2017 - Sat Jul 29, 2017


Reserva Las TangarasMindo, NONEEC

Las Tangaras Bird Monitoring Team


Assist Dr. Dusti Becker with long-term avian monitoring and conservation in western Ecuador, July 16-29, 2017. Help with mist-netting of birds at several banding stations located in the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. Our goal is to advance scientific understanding of cloud forest avian communities, including species tolerances for deforestation, forest fragmentation, and grazing, as well as community stability given climate change impacts.

Reserva Las Tangaras boasts more than 25 species of hummingbird, the largest regional cock-of-the-rock display lek, and high 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 also offered. Experience with mist-netting and banding is desirable but is not required to participate on the team.

Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project. To apply request an application form and share a brief e-mail describing why you want to volunteer to Dr. Dusti Becker -

The cost-share donation is $1650 and is used to cover volunteer expenses: transportation in Ecuador, meals, & lodging during the conservation research program. The donation also contributes to stewardship of the reserve, and salaries for local Ecuadorian staff who cook and assist volunteers during the project. Airfare and any expenses in Quito are not included.

The expedition begins and ends in Quito. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at for further details.

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  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary
  • Critical Thinking
  • Spanish
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

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

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