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GMU-SI Bird Course

An aerial photo of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, regularly offers the popular course: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds.

Led by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, this course teaches the most current methods in the research of migratory birds, including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods (e.g. mist-netting, banding, tissue sampling, stable isotope geochemistry, geolocators and radio telemetry), data analysis (including distance sampling and mark-recapture statistics) and applied conservation strategies.

Participants mist-net and handle wild birds nearly every morning of the course, and learn to prepare museum voucher study skins. Some scholarships are available for international applicants. General information about this program and others can be found at smconservation.gmu.edu, and questions can be sent to SCBItraining@si.edu.