MAPS

Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship

The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program is managed by the Institute for Bird Populations in California to assess and monitor the vital rates and population dynamics of North American landbirds. Each summer dedicated volunteers operate bird-banding stations to collect data on individual "birds-in-the-hand" representing over 200 species.

The MAPS program utilizes constant-effort mist netting and banding at a continent-wide network of monitoring stations. Analyses of MAPS data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.

MAPS at RPBO

In 2003 Rocky Point Bird Observatory began operating two MAPS stations on Department of National Defense properties, one at Rocky Point in Metchosin, the other at Royal Roads University in Colwood. Royal Roads had not proven to be a terribly productive site so, in 2009,  we sought an alternate location. A suitable site was found at Witty's Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin and MAPS was conducted at this location for the first time in 2009. In 2011 access to the Rocky Point site was denied and we sought an alternate location which we found at Madrona Farms in the Blenkinsop Valley. This site was used up until the 2019 season. During the COVID pandemic we only operated a single MAPS station (Witty's Lagoon) and in 2021 the Power to Be site at Prospect Lake was added.

The MAPS program at RPBO runs between May 31 and August 8 . We visit each site once every 10 days for a total of 7 visits per site per year.

RPBO MAPS Banding

Our first songbird banding project of the year is MAPS, which is an acronym for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. MAPS is managed by the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP), which is located in California. This project uses constant-effort mist netting and banding at a continent-wide network of monitoring stations. MAPS provides critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations and the factors responsible for changes in their populations. Read more about MAPS Banding

Jannaca - MAPS banding

MAPS Chat

The Institute for Bird Populations maintains an archive of the MAPS Chat newsletters they have published. In addition to many useful articles for banders the spring 2014 issue features an article on RPBO's MAPS stations.

Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survival (MAPS)

Reports from our MAPS projects for the following years and monitoring stations are available as PDFs:

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