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Long Point Bird Observatory Volunteer Internships

Job Type: Seasonal
Duration: 5 April to 10 June and 15 August to 15 November
Application Deadline: Ongoing

Job Description: Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Long Point is one of the last wilderness areas left in southern Ontario. The region is an internationally recognized World Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area, and supports a fantastic diversity of habitats, plants and animals. During migration huge numbers of birds (and monarch butterflies and bats) are funnelled through Long Point. Founded in 1960, Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO) is the oldest bird observatory in the Western Hemisphere, has contributed to well over 100 peer-reviewed publications, has banded over 950,000 birds of 285 species, and the region has a checklist approaching 400 species. The core program is centred on monitoring populations of migrating birds through daily census and banding routines at three research stations on Long Point. Volunteers are needed to help with daily census and counts, bird banding, data entry and routine maintenance. Other program activities include monitoring of breeding Tree Swallows, Breeding Bird Censuses, shorebird surveys, youth and public education programming. Volunteers staying for at least 1 month have food and accommodation fees waived. Short-term volunteers are required to pay a nominal fee covering housing, food and training. Up to 14 volunteers are required for all or a part of the spring (5 April to 10 June) and fall field seasons (10 August  15 November). Previous ornithological work (including bird banding) and excellent bird identification skills are preferred, but not essential. All participants will experience intensive and diverse training in field ornithological techniques. International applicants with good English skills are encouraged to apply.

To apply:

Email or mail a completed application form which can be downloaded from our websiteto:

LPBO Program Coordinator,
Long Point Bird Observatory
c/o Bird Studies Canada,
P.O. Box 160 115 Front Rd.,
Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada N0E 1M0,
519-586-3531 (ext. 162);
Fax: 519-586-3532,
Email: lpbo@birdscanada.org

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