EBBA is pleased to announce three workshops for the 2023 meeting.

Two workshops will be offered Friday afternoon:

Hosted by: Andrea Patterson, Director Braddock Bay Bird Observatory

Friday March 24, 2023 3:00-4:00 PM

FCF . . . DPB . . . WTH?:  An Introduction to Wolfe-Ryder-Pyle

Just over a decade ago, the Wolfe-Ryder-Pyle cycle-based aging system introduced a new way to categorize the ages of passerines. Applying the new age codes is fast becoming a useful (if not essential!) skill for banders, and it isn’t really that difficult to learn . . . even for those of us who are used to a calendar-based system where every bird has a birthday on January 1. Join us as we take a tour through the WRP age codes. We’ll start by reviewing the typical passerine molt sequences, then we’ll take a look at the basic WRP system where every age is a combination of three letters denoting the bird’s cycle and plumage. Finally, we’ll demystify the new adjunct codes which add even more flexibility to the system. With plenty of photos and opportunities for practice, you’ll find yourself much more confident in employing these new ages!

Friday March 24, 2023 4:00-4:30 PM 

Pyle-a-Palooza: Second Edition

Do you find Peter Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds difficult to understand?  Does the thought of learning how to use a new edition send shivers down your spine?  In this short workshop we’ll take a look at what is new to the revised edition, and we’ll learn how to use the Guide in a way that is both easy and efficient.


The third workshop will be a special Saturday morning workshop will be held ahead of the start of the meeting presentations:

Hosted by:

Luke DeGroote, Avian Conservation Scientist, Powdermill Avian Research Center; and
Shelly Eshleman, Motus Avian Research Coordinator, Willistown Conservation Trust

Saturday March 25, 2023 7:00-8:00 AM

More accessories = more data: How to tag songbirds

This workshop will be most useful for those without prior tagging experience. Attendees will learn about some of the tags available for tracking songbirds and the methods for attaching these tags. We will also demonstrate the leg-loop harness attachment method on live songbirds.