Our youth mentoring program serves kids ages 10-14 who have a strong interest in birds, science, and conservation. Students work alongside Alaska Songbird Institute staff on the Swallow Ecology Project.

Kids have the opportunity to learn more about the scientific process–asking questions and collecting & recording data in the field. They help track the progress of each nest, capture adult birds, and band fledglings.

This is a unique program where kids are actively contributing to a real research project. We work in small groups. It is most appropriate for kids who are interested in science, enjoy spending time outdoors, and are able to maintain a calm and respectful demeanor around wild birds.

Approximate 2017 dates are May 15-July 15 (9 weeks). The schedule is flexible, and we work around the end of the school schedule as well as some camps and vacations.

This year we will be monitoring the nesting boxes at Creamer’s Field and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Our busiest (and most exciting!) time is mid-late June, so please try to be available at that time. Students are invited to volunteer as often as they would like, but we ask for a minimum commitment of 4 hours/week (average). We will use an online calendar for scheduling, and there will be both morning and afternoon blocks. We understand summer is a very busy time. It is okay to miss time for vacations, visiting with family & friends, traveling, and camps!

The program fee is a $200/child. This fee helps to cover the cost of insurance, permitting, supplies, personnel, and other costs associated with running the project.

To Register: DOWNLOAD A 2017 REGISTRATION PACKET containing information, an application form, and other essential paperwork (health/medical form, liability waiver, & photo release). Return the paperwork, along with the $200/child program fee to Alaska Songbird Institute, P.O. Box 80235, Fairbanks, AK 99708. Please make checks payable to the Alaska Songbird Institute. Forms may also be submitted electronically to: tricia.blake@aksongbird.org.