MAPS stands for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Program, a program conducted by The Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes Station, California. The MAPS program is conducted from May to August during breeding season and has specific data collection requirements with a goal of analyzing data to understand how bird populations are changing over time. The information collected and reported by MAPS banding stations helps scientists to determine causes and effects of environmental change.
Above, Billie Cantwell, President of KTOS. Below, Billie Cantwell, Mark Armstrong, and Janie Kading.
In addition to the scientific information collected at these sessions, banding often offers an opportunity for children to experience the wonder of birds close up.
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Links and Resources:
My previous posts on bird banding.
Knoxville Tennessee Ornithological Society
Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge
The Institute for Bird Populations