A MONITORING AVIAN PRODUCTIVITY AND SURVIVORSHIP (MAPS) STATION
Why establish a MAPS Station? Constant-effort mist-netting protocols, such as MAPS, provide important information about bird populations including estimates of annual survival rates, productivity indices, age and sex structure, breeding status, and many other parameters that are useful to avian conservation efforts. Beyond the importance of contributing data to a continent-wide database and state-of-the-art research efforts, a MAPS station also provides an excellent opportunity to provide outreach and educational services in the local community.
MAPS Operator Resources
- IBP provides the MAPS field protocol, forms, and many other essential
resources for MAPS station operators.
Courses - Bander training courses are both scheduled
- publications relating to analyses of MAPS data. A general overview
of MAPS activities and other IBP programs can be found in our 2009
MAPS Chat is a periodic newsletter highlighting
results and applications of MAPS monitoring:
Chat - Spring 2010
MAPS Chat - Spring
MAPS Chat - Spring 2007
MAPS Chat - Spring 2004
Images used in Spring 2004 MAPS Chat
MAPS Chat - Spring 2002
article and video - read the story of one MAPS station and see
station operations in action by clicking the video icon at the end
of the article.