A Theoretical and Practical Course


Piura, February 1 to 7,  2011


Organized by the Center for Ornithology and Biodversidad (CORBIDI) and Universidad Nacional de Piura (UNP), with the support of BirdLife International, The Wetland Trust, Porzana Ltd. and the Museum of Natural History at the Universidad Nacional San Agustin de Arequipa.


The first day of the course will take place at the Universidad Nacional de Piura, and that same day in the afternoon we will travel to the Virrilá Estuary, where we will continue with more theory and the practical part.


$ 350.00 *

*The cost includes materials, lodging, meals and transportation within the city of Piura during the days of the course.
* Participants are responsible for paying their transportation to and from the city of Piura.


15 (to be filled in order of registration and acceptance)


  • Rob Robinson - British Trust of Ornithology (BTO)
  • Kevin Thornton - The Wetland Trust & Prozana Ltd.
  • Bill Jones - The Wetland Trust
  • Mauricio Ugarte Lewis - Natural History Museum of Arequipa
  • Diego Garcia Olaechea - CORBIDI & Universidad Nacional de Piura
  • Eveling Tavera Fernández - CORBIDI


  • Thomas Valqui Haase - CORBIDI
  • Fernando Angulo Pratolongo - BirdLife International
  • Antonio García Bravo - CORBIDI & Universidad Nacional de Piura


  • To help strengthen the emerging system of bird banding in Peru.
  • To prepare people capable of banding wild birds under international standards.
  • To train people who can begin bird monitoring efforts in the long term.



  • Understand and discuss the importance of bird banding.
  • Understand the life cycle of birds from the molt perspective.
  • Learn the basic concepts of bird migration.
  • Understand the importance of sex and age determination.
  • Know the importance of the topography of the bird.
  • Know the molt and plumage terminology.
  • Be familiar with the cycle-based age-classification system (Wolfe method).


  • Processing and banding the bird in a shortest time possible.
  • Adjusting and removing the bird bands without problems.
  • Taking standard measurements of a bird.
  • Removing birds from the net with minimal impact and with different techniques.
  • Identifying early symptoms of stress in birds.
  • Recognizing ossification patterns in birds.
  • Recognizing molting limits in order to determine the age of the birds.
  • Being familiar with filling in data sheets for banding.
  • Interpreting correctly the data codes.
  • Placing nets on land and on the beach efficiently.
  • Handling and repairing mist nets.


  • Intermediate level of Spanish (at least be able to understand the Peruvian instructors)
  • Resume with three references to whom we can ask about your experience.
  • Cover letter
  • Registration Form (Download)
  • Willingness to work hard with very little free time.

Information and registration send email to anillamiento@corbidi.org

DEADLINE January 12, 2011.





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