Bird Banding 101 Workshop ⋆ Tucson Audubon Skip to content

Volunteer Opportunity:


Part-time, Temporary


This workshop is for those who want to learn about the basics of banding birds and are able to volunteer at the Empire Ranch Banding Station.

Position Description:

About the Empire Ranch Banding Station

The mission of the Empire Ranch Banding Station is to make significant contributions to bird conservation through collaborative research and education of the general public. The station has been operating for the last 20 years and collects data specific to individual birds like age, sex, weight, and amount of fat. The station runs from mid-May to mid-August, once every 10(ish) days. Days begin before dawn and nets are operated for about 5 hours.

About the Bird Banding 101 Workshop
This workshop will take place from April 30th to May 3rd from 9-12 PM. The first 3 days will take place at The Mason Center and we will be taking a trip to visit the banding site in Las Cienegas NCA on the final day. The workshop will cover basic banding skills like the importance of banding, operating mist nets, types of data being collected, and safe bird handling practices. The training will include both lectures and hands-on trainings. There is a $400 fee for this workshop that will go towards funding the station for 2025. If you are interested in this workshop, please fill out the Bird Banding 101 Workshop Sign-Up.


Ability to take bird safety seriously; Ability to adapt to both hot and cold climates; Able to work collaboratively in a team with people from diverse backgrounds; Ability to either stand or walk for long periods; Prior experience with bird identification, handling, and field work preferred.


Training Period: April 30, 2024 – May 3, 2024

Banding Period: May 13, 2024 – August 7, 2024

Number of Openings:

This training will be open to 10 participants, and participants will be selected based on availability to volunteer during the banding season and prior experience with bird identification/field work.


Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 West Hardy Road, Tucson, AZ, USA

Las Cienegas NCA, 31°47’15.3″N 110°38’10.0″W