Bird Migration Station

Internship positions are filled for 2003. To be considered for the 2004 season, please email

A cooperative research project monitoring migratory landbirds in Denali National Park

The Denali Institute Bird Migration Station is a cooperative effort among the Denali Institute, the Alaska Bird Observatory, Denali National Park and Preserve and Camp Denali/North Face Lodge. The station is in operation along the banks of Moose Creek in the heart of Denali National Park during August and early September.

Migrating birds are captured in mist nets and then banded with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service numbered bands. Data is recorded prior to the birds’ release. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in the process and learn about the essential work being done in avian conservation.

A limited number of internship positions are available each summer for students interested in avian biology.


  • Monitor population dynamics of migrating song birds in Denali National Park
  • Determine the timing of bird life-history events
  • Provide firsthand public education in bird conservation biology
  • Provide internship experiences for interested students

Internship Opportunities
Denali Institute Migration Station

Bird-banding interns (3) needed to help operate a passerine banding station located in the heart of Denali National Park from July 14 to September 10, 2003.

The station is operated by the Denali Institute under the auspices of the Alaska Bird Observatory (ABO). Interns will receive on-going training in mist netting, bird identification and passerine banding, aging and sexing techniques.

The typical workweek is 40 hours, with four days spent at the banding station (starting at 5:30 AM) and one day entering data in the computer. In addition to banding birds, interns will work with volunteers, assist with data management, public interaction, program presentation and station maintenance.

Interns must be capable of accomplishing the goals of the station through working independently without close supervision. Cooperative work with staff of area lodges also required. Some banding experience is preferred, as well as good bird identification skills and the ability to work long hours and live in close quarters (shared canvas weatherports).

Applicants must be in excellent physical condition, as accessing the mist nets requires walking up a steep hillside with elevation gain of nearly 350ft.

The migration station is located in an area often frequented by grizzly and black bears; therefore applicants must be capable of understanding the risks associated with this work and have the ability to make common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (firearms are not allowed in Denali National Park).

Also prefer applicants with a BS in biological or environmental science. Small travel stipend is provided; food and lodging at one of the most beautiful sites in North America is also provided.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and names of three references by March 1 to:

Denali Institute
Kristin Siemann, Executive Director
750 West Second Avenue #100
Anchorage, Alaska 99501