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CANCELED: 2020 NABC Raptor Certification

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, this certification is canceled for 2020. To get notifications about future workshops, visit our workshop registration page.

North American Banding Council Raptor Bander Certification Session, Boise, Idaho

Workshop Dates/Times:

POSTPONED: 2021 dates TBD. This workshop will likely be held in 2021 in conjunction with the rescheduled RRF Conference.

Intermountain Bird Observatory will host a North American Banding Council (NABC) workshop and certification session for raptors at the Assistant Bander, Bander, and Trainer level in conjunction with the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Boise, Idaho. The annual meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation and Neotropical Raptor Network, has been rescheduled in Boise, Idaho, for Oct 9-12, 2021. Conference registration is not required to participate in the workshop.

a biologists hand is seen held open to release a peregrine falcon. the falcon flies away with wings spread

The workshop will include one day of classroom instruction and discussion, followed by two-days of field certification. This is a unique opportunity to receive expert instruction and assessment in a breathtaking location. Note that this workshop is intended only for experienced banders and trappers who are planning on undergoing the certification evaluation. NABC certification is a voluntary professional certification process which shows potential employers and colleagues that you care about ethical and top-quality banding practices. It also shows that you have attained a specific level of competency. NABC certification does not guarantee permitting through the Bird Banding Lab.

Up to 10 candidates will be accepted, based on receipt of applications. In addition to the standard NABC certification fee of $35.00, there will be a supplemental charge of $400.00 per candidate to cover workshop-related costs. Camping at field sites is available free of charge, participants would need to bring their own sleeping bags or bedding. Candidates are responsible for their own meals. IBO can assist with finding affordable lodging if not camping on site.

How to Apply:

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, this certification is postponed for 2020. To get notifications about future workshops, visit our workshop registration page.

  • First, review the NABC expectations for each certification level. This is not an instructional workshop. This is an assessment and certification of people that already have a foundation of experience. Read these expectations to see which level you should apply for.
  • If you feel that you have the appropriate experience and would like to apply, please print and fill in this IBO registration form and the relevant NABC form for the level you’re applying for. You can find a list of NABC forms here.

Submit via mail:


Attn: Greg Kaltenecker
Intermountain Bird Observatory
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515

Please email Jessica Pollock ( and Greg Kaltenecker ( with any questions.