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Join Our Effort – Start a New MAPS Station

If you’re a qualified and permitted bird bander, we invite you to establish a new MAPS station in the U.S. or Canada, or re-establish a station whose operation has ceased. Although the commitment is significant, the rewards are many: by joining the MAPS team, you’ll be contributing to the understanding of the factors that drives bird population trends, and gathering important data for continent-wide conservation efforts on the breeding and non-breeding grounds of landbirds. Stations can frequently be sited at locations in natural bird habitat convenient to where you live.  For more information, please read the MAPS Manual (see link below) or contact MAPS Coordinator Danielle Kaschube.

Materials for MAPS Station Operators

Listed below are the materials necessary for operation of MAPS stations. If the document you want is not in downloadable format, or if you are unable to download a document and wish to have a form sent to you in hard copy or via email, please contact Danielle Kaschube.

Please visit the MAPSPROG page for the MAPSPROG Manual and the latest updates to the program.

If you encounter any difficulties printing these materials, please contact our office at 415-663-1436 for assistance.

MAPS Manual

2015 MAPS Manual (PDF)

Banding Data Sheets

These forms should be printed landscape orientation on legal (8.5” x 14") paper.

MAPS Banding Data Sheet - 2015

MAPS Un-banded Data Sheet - 2015

MAPS Recapture Data Sheet - 2015

Notes – Reverse Side of Banding Sheets

Other Required Data Sheets

MAPS Station Registration Form or
MAPS Station Registration Form - Editable version

Standard Net Opening and Closing Times (SNOC) Form

Summary of Mist-netting Effort - 2015

Summary of Mist-netting Results - 2015

Breeding Status List - 2015

Habitat Structure Assessment (HSA) Materials

Complete HSA Manual (through Appendix 3)

HSA Manual Appendices

Appendix 4 - Eastern NVCS Alliance Codes

Appendix 5 - Central NVCS Alliance Codes

Appendix 6 - Western NVCS Alliance Codes

HSA Forms

HSA - Form H0 - 2015

HSA - Form H1 - 2015

Other Helpful Field Sheets

Empidonax Data Sheet (optional)

MAPS Banding Codes summary - 2015

MAPS Station Equipment List

List of species in which males can develop brood patches - This document lists those species included in the Identification Guide to North American Birds Part I (Pyle 1997) in which the male can develop a partial, incomplete, or complete brood patch.

MAPS Chat

MAPS Chat is an annual newsletter for MAPS station operators that provides information on ageing and sexing birds, MAPS station operation, profiles of MAPS station operators, and much more. An archive of past MAPS Chats is available in pdf format.

Photo Credits: Top of Page, Kelly Colgan Azar; Right Column Top to Bottom, Teddy Llovet, IBP, Dan Pancamo
 

Feather Sampling Protocol

IBP, in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Tropical Research conducts feather-sampling during the breeding season for a suite of target species. These samples contribute to the Neotropical Migrant Conservation Genetics Project. Please click for the 2015 Feather Sampling Protocols.

Avian Influenza Sampling

IBP has in the past worked with the UCLA Center for Tropical Research to map the risk of avian influenza in wild birds. We will not be conducting influenza sampling this year.

North American Banding Council Publications

Several publications are available for download here, including:

  • The North American Banders' Study Guide
  • The North American Banders' Manual for Banding Passerines and Near-passerine

Identification Guides

Peter Pyle's Identification Guides, Volumes I and II are available for sale from Slate Creek Press.

Dan Froehlich's Photographic Companion, Ageing North American Landbirds by Molt Limits and Plumage Criteria: A Photographic Companion to the Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part 1 is available for download.

Peter Pyle's Instructions for taking open-wing digital images (pdf) is available for downloard here: Taking Open-wing Digital Images.

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