Lista Bird Observatory offers the opportunity for volunteers to stay at the observatory for collaborating with biological and ornithological practice. Volunteers can be students who need to enrich their studies or training, or people who want to learn about bird ringing and our work at the station.
Here you can read a short description of the last volunteers that have been at the station.
Marte has just finished her master’s degree in Ecology at NMBU in Ås. She had her first attempts of ringing during an exchange semester in Australia in 2014, which was followed by participation in a ringing project in the rainforest of Borneo as part of her master thesis. She hopes she can continue to work with birds, and is very grateful for the opportunity to learn more about ringing and especially ring and observe European birds here at Lista.
Nina O'Hanlon is from the UK and is currently studying a PhD at the University of Glasgow on Herring Gull movements and diet, using pellets and stable isotopes. She is a trainee bird ringer and has visited several bird observatories, such as Calf of Man Bird Observatory (Isle of Man, UK) and Spurn Bird Observatory (East Yorkshire, UK). She has come to Lista to get more experience in ringing and observing birds on migration, being already able to see new species like the Black Woodpecker, Three-toed Woodpecker, Pygmy Owl and Tengmalm's Owl.
Tone Kjersti Kåsi
Tone Kjersti has studied biology and a master's degree in ecology at NTNU in Trondheim. Master's thesis she submitted in 2012 was about how climate and weather conditions affected the snow bunting's breeding success. She has taken an academic year focused in pedagogy (PPU) and worked as a teacher substitute for two years in addition to being field assistant for NINA in Trondheim. She is very happy to have the opportunity to be with us at Lista, and eager to learn more about bird identification and get practical experience with bird ringing.
Jon just finished a master's degree in biology, ecology and evolution, at the University of Oslo. He has been fascinated by birds since he was a child. His interest started through bird feeding in winter, Black Grouse in spring and nesting boxes projects. His interest in ornithology increased through the years and his last studies finished with a thesis about the Bluethroat’s breeding distribution. Jon is very pleased to have the opportunity to assist with the operation at Lista Bird Observatory, and to have the opportunity to learn more about bird ringing and migratory birds. On this picture he handles his first Blackcap.
Cristina studied biology in Barcelona (Catalonia) and St Andrews (Scotland). She also did a master on Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She has worked for Whalesafari Andenes (Norway), the RSPCA, the RSPB, Jersey Zoo, the National Birds of Prey Centre (the UK), the Parc del Garraf, Falklands Conservation, and as an environmental consultant. She is currently working for the National Trust for Jersey leading the project “Birds On The Edge” to stop the declines of the local birds on the island of Jersey. She has come to Lista to improve her ringing skills and to learn new species.
Anne-Marie grew up in Malta and moved to Norway one year ago. This is the first time she comes to LIBO and is already eager to come back. She has a norwegian B ringing license and has been a ringing trainee for a year in Malta. She is now waiting to start a bachelor degree in Ecology and Management of Natural Resources at NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Sciences).
Emilie is volunteering with the observatory during May 2015. Graduating with an Ecology and Conservation degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, she is now eager to increase her practical conservation skills. She has undertaken a field project assessing habitat management in Tenerife, Spain, as well as a study addressing the reintroduction of mammals to the UK.
She has a keen interest in ornithology and is happy to be part of the Lista team, having ringed her first bird here, a willow warbler.