Information For New & Returning Volunteers at the Creamer’s Field Migration Station



The Creamer’s Field Migration Station (CFMS) could not operate without a crew of dedicated volunteers. You are the heart and driving force of the station! Thank you to all who have participated over the years.

Volunteers at CFMS learn to open & close mist nets, extract birds from nets, record data, and help with general upkeep of the station. It is a great way to learn more about Interior Alaska’s songbirds and to meet other people interested in birds and conservation. Youth ages 10 and older are welcome to volunteer with an adult mentor. Please read Information on Youth Volunteering at the Banding Station for more details.

 Interested in volunteering for the first time?

2018 New Volunteer Information Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, July 26, from 5:30-6:30pm at the Creamer’s Field Farmhouse.

Please read the VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION. It contains general information, expectations, recommended field gear, scheduling information, and a map. After reviewing this information, please contact April at You must contact April BEFORE signing up for your first shift.

Returning volunteers.

Please sign up for shifts using the 2018 Volunteer Sign-up Calendar. If you cannot access this calendar, please contact April. Remember to be cautious with the calendar! If you ‘click’ on a cell and start typing, you will erase any others that have signed up in that cell.

Resources for Volunteers

Creamer’s Field Migration Station Manual-Coming Soon!

ASI Volunteer Liability Waiver & Photo Release

Bird List for Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

List of average arrival dates for migratory species to Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Handbook of Field Methods for Monitoring Landbirds  (Pages 7-23 ‘Constant-Effort Mist Nets and Banding’ are particularly helpful.)

Body Grasp Technique: A Rapid Method of Removing Birds from Mist Nets

Guidelines for Prioritizing Bird Safety During High Capture Events