Course Announcement: The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds

The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation  will be conducting the course ” The Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds” during the peak of 2018’s fall migration (September 17-28, 2018). This two week course at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia emphasizes emerging technologies and tools for advancing ornithological science. The course is unique in the depth and breadth of the material covered. Participants leave having been immersed in the theory and practice of modern ornithology. The course will also take full advantage of the Smithsonian’s location in the Nation’s capital, with guest lectures by ornithological professionals ranging from top scientists in the field to policy makers.

Who will benefit from this course: This course is targeted towards graduate students from all over the world and professionals looking to learn new techniques. Participants will gain skills ranging from advanced R programming, to evaluating molt, to tracking birds with radio transmitters. The course has been described by one of the former students as “two years of graduate school in two weeks” – the course truly fills every student’s mind to the brim.

The organizers emphasize this course is “not about making a profit. It is about advancing critical knowledge to the next generation of ornithologists.”

For more information on cost, registration, accommodations, and more visit the course website.

Any questions should be directed toward SMBC via email: SCBItraining@si.edu