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I and fellow grad student Felicity Newell have begun the 2016 field season! After spending a week in Lima finalizing permits, networking, and braving the city’s horrendous traffic we met up with Peruvian colleagues in Cusco as part of a bird banding workshop we helped to instruct. The course was jointly organized by Corbidi and the Asociación para la Conservación de La Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA), using standard practices developed by the North American Banding Council. We spent a lovely week at ACCA’s beautiful biological station, Villa Carmen, at the base of the famous Manu Road in Madre de Dios trapping lowland tropical birds and teaching students basic bird banding techniques. Many thanks to our co-instructors, Diego Garcia, Mauricio Ugarte, Renzo Piana, and Elio Nuñez, who organized the course.

Mauricio, Diego, Renzo, Ian, Felicity, and Elio on a tributary of the Rio Madre de Dios near Villa Carmen.
Mauricio, Diego, Renzo, Ian, Felicity, and Elio on a tributary of the Rio Madre de Dios near Villa Carmen.
Molt instruction.
Molt instruction.
Campylorhamphus trochilirostris - Red-billed Scythebill
Campylorhamphus trochilirostris – Red-billed Scythebill
Hylophylax naevius - Spot-backed Antbird
Hylophylax naevius – Spot-backed Antbird