Scientists have been banding birds since the 1890's, so why are we still using this antique technique in 2020? What can you learn from a bird in the hand that you can't learn from other, more high-tech, techniques? Find out in this article on IBP's MAPS bird monitoring program in the latest issue of Birding magazine, published by the American Birding Association.
Be sure to check out the rest of the April issue for a letter from editor Ted Floyd on birding and the COVID-19 emergency, an interview with author, poet, and wildlife biologist Dr. Drew Langham, and a short piece by IBP's own Peter Pyle on how to identify birds when their field marks go missing.