Bird Banding

Common Yellowthroat by Genny Lawson

Bedford Audubon operates an active Monitoring Avian Productivity & Survivorship (MAPS for short) Station in our Hunt-Parker Sanctuary from late May to early August. MAPS is a North American research project led by the Institute for Bird Populations.

Bedford Audubon’s banding data is submitted alongside more than 500 other MAPS Stations to provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.

Naturalist Tait Johansson leads a core group of volunteers, interns, and local graduate students in the research. We hire a Summer Field Biologist each year to assist with MAPS.

If you’re interested in observing or volunteering for MAPS, please email Tait Johansson.

American Redstart by Tait Johansson

American Redstart by Tait Johansson

Downy Woodpecker (Male) by Genny Lawson

Downy Woodpecker (Male) by Genny Lawson