Observatory is operated by the Migration Research Foundation,
with some logistical support from the Avian
Science and Conservation Centre at McGill University. MBO is a member of the Canadian Migration
Monitoring Network, and a participant in Project
collaborative research effort involving over 80 Saw-whet Owl banding
stations across North America. Members
of MBO actively share and receive news about banding and related
research through the Sawwhetnet, Birdband, ID Frontiers, and Canadian Migration
Monitoring Network e-mail discussion groups. Active
banders at the station are also encouraged to join the Eastern Bird
Banding Association and/or the Association of Field Ornithologists, and to
attend the meetings of these organizations to learn about current research
in banding and/or to present results from work conducted at McGill Bird
- Gay Gruner
Responsible for overseeing all MBO programs, including research,
fundraising, and publicity.
MBO Coordinator - Simon Duval
Responsible for overseeing all activities at MBO, including banding, training, and volunteer coordination.
Master Permit Holder -
Responsible for overseeing banding
activities and data management.
- Barbara Frei, Marie-Anne Hudson
Responsible for direct supervision of volunteers and data entry/analysis.
Assistant Bander-in-Charge (owling)
- Kristen Keyes
Banding permit holder capable of banding independently and supervising
Committee - Sarah Marteinson, Kristen Keyes
Responsible for assistance with fundraising and organizational matters,
in addition to helping with on-site activities.
Volunteers - 90 and
Responsible for a wide variety of
tasks, depending on experience and training - see
volunteers section for details.