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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: The Basics of Bird Banding


American oystercatcher chick banded by Alabama Audubon staff in 2019.

June 10, 2020 , 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Pre-registration is required by 3 p.m. CDT Tuesday, June 9th, and space is limited.

In response to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering free online courses as a public service to help folks continue to learn about the birds they love! While these will initially be offered for free, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/give. Please make sure to comply with all state and local social-distancing regulations. See our full COVID-19 statement here.

Bird banding has been used to study birds as early as the 1600s. Today, researchers can use highly accurate GPS transmitters to follow birds across the globe, yet banding is still widely used in research and conservation. In this online course, our Science & Conservation Director will discuss how and why researchers use banding to study birds, show you several examples of banding projects, and tell you how to report a sighting of a banded bird. 

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on Wednesday, June 10th, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. CDT. It will be an hour-long online class with time at the end for questions. Click on the registration link above to sign up, and you’ll receive the instructions on how to join the meeting via a confirmation email.* 

*Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom meeting instructions before the class (likely the afternoon before). You’ll need the meeting ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the meeting ID and password.

Registration: Class size is limited to 100. To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form.

Please only register if you intend to take the online course. We’ve had a lot of people reach out after these courses fill up who want to take them, and we want to ensure everyone has a spot that wants one! Also, please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the meeting without this information. Thanks!

Questions? Email the Science & Conservation Director.

FAQ’s:

Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view the presentation later? Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to record our online courses. Please check out our other upcoming online courses here.

Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online courses at this time. 

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the meeting ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting, say, half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin.

I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the course as that is where the instructions will be sent. You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event if possible as generally you should have received the email the afternoon before the course offering.