Liberato Pop, known as Gato, has been accepted to a Banding Internship for 6 months in Oregon. He is going with the Klamath Bird Observatory and will be getting his bird banding certification and hopes to also receive certification to train others in banding. Gato heard about this internship through William Garcia, another BFREE birder who did the same internship a few years ago. William has taught Gato much about banding and training already and this program will be the final step for Gato to get his certification. After the training is over Gato will return to BFREE and teach others about banding and become involved in the birding community. He hopes to continue to do more work with birds throughout the Americas. The process for applying for this internship is very rigorous and Gato is privileged to have gotten this opportunity. He thanks everyone who assisted him and gave him recommendations and gives a special thanks to Judy, Jake, Jamie, and William.
Gato, we wish you the best of luck and hope you have a great time!