Advanced Bird-Banding

Advanced Bird-Banding

Course Number: BIOL X404.5

1.5 units

A focus on molt limits and other characteristics in North American birds as the relate to accurately determining their ages. You will cover plumage topography, molt terminology, and molt strategies among songbirds and their close relatives. You will discuss additional "age-ing" techniques such as skulling and morphometrics, and how to determine skull, fat, and mot scores.  Time will be also be spent on:

  • banding ethics
  • safe handling of birds
  • prevention and treatment of stress and injuries

Available Sections

Starting Apr 25


Starting Apr 25

Course Fees



Stephen J. Myers [ bio ]

close [x] Stephen J. Myers, Wildlife Biologist/Ornithologist, AMEC Earth and Environmental, Riverside. Myers has been studying the birds of Southern California for 26 years and has worked since 1987 as a consulting wildlife biologist, specializing in studies of endangered species such as the Least Bell's Vireo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and California Gnatcatcher, along with Lark Sparrows, Cactus Wrens, Le Conte's Thrashers and neotropical migrant landbirds. He has authored or co-authored papers on several aspects of natural history in Southern California, including bird distribution and habitat use, reptile and amphibian distribution and small mammal distribution and ecology.


Wed 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Apr 25, 2018

Sat 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Apr 28, 2018

Sat 9:00 am-4:00 pm
May 12, 2018

3 Meetings


UCR Extension Center

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Section Notes:

Instructor will notify students of meeting place for field trips. 

Field trip on Sat. Apr. 28 & May 12.

Whitewater Preserve

Directions to the Whitewater Preserve



From Beaumont: Take Interstate 10 east toward Indio.  Proceed 20 miles east on I-10 to the Whitewater exit. Turn left at the end of the off ramp, and cross over the freeway. Turn left onto Whitewater Canyon Road, and drive north 4.5 miles to the end of the road at the Whitewater Preserve headaquarters parking lot. We will meet at 6:30 AM.  Steve’s cell phone: 951-616-7578.  Cell phones generally do not have any service at the Preserve.


            Things to bring to the banding sessions

  1. Snacks, drinks

  2. Water

  3. Hat

  4. Sunscreen

  5. Binoculars

  6. Conditions can vary from cool early in AM to warm afternoons, so dress in layers

  7. If possible, do not wear clothing with buttons or exposed zippers (they snag the mist nets)

  8. Hand sanitizer (for cleaning bird droppings off of hands before lunch!)

  9. On 12 May (at the latest) bring your take home exam to turn in



No Textbook Required.



Applicable Certificates

Available Sections


Section No.: 174CPD001

Dates: Apr 25, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Dates: Apr 28, 2018

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Dates: May 12, 2018

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Instructor: Stephen J. Myers

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: UCR Extension Center

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