If you are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer, please e-mail us at “mbo@migrationresearch.org” for more information and we will be happy to talk to you about possibilities that will be of interest to you. Previous banding and/or birding experience is encouraged, but not necessary.  However, all volunteers planning to take part in banding activities are expected to be familiar with the site protocol. Volunteers are also needed to help with site maintenance, administration, fundraising and other background, but essential, tasks.

We use the WhenToHelp.com website, provided by WhenToWork.com Online Employee Scheduling to let registered volunteers choose their shifts. Please review our instructions on how to use this system. You will need to contact us to be registered on the WhenToHelp website.

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The nature of migration monitoring is that it starts very early in the morning or ends very late at night (owls). Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the observatory and are expected to stay the full 6 hours during migration monitoring.

Volunteers are expected to honor their commitment. MBO now has a list of over 100 volunteers, and only 6 people are allowed on site during banding activities. Thus, it happens that volunteers have to be turned down because the day is full. If someone doesn’t show up without notice, not only is the BIC left short-handed, but the volunteers who were turned down miss out on an opportunity to participate