Greetings. I am happy to report the start of the 2010 MAPS bird banding season. This is our second year of capturing and banding songbirds in a systematic way to Monitor Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS). Despite being a wet summer, last year’s banding effort was an absolute success and one that we hope to improve upon this year. Not only did we band a plethora of birds but we trained two devoted bird banding interns and introduced several visiting school groups and guests about bird breeding behavior and bird banding. This year we hope to see some of last year's bands again.
Our mist-netting site is located in Biddeford, ME on property owned by the University of New England. This MAPS station is one of many ongoing research projects on this property that features woodland with patches of wetland and, importantly, a breadth of breeding bird diversity. I will be updating our blog with details from each of our banding days this season, hopefully with a bit of help from this years interns.
This volunteer effort is coordinated by Bethany Woodworth, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of New England, and Patrick Keenan, Outreach Coordinator, BioDiversity Research Institute. If you are interested in supporting this project by volunteering or with a donation for supplies please be in touch. Also, please post questions and comments about this project, sometimes we may have an answer! I look forward to my next update!
All the Best,
BioDiversity Research Institute