31 Years of Monitoring Avian Productivity

May 25, 2021

MAPS, feathers, molt?!

This year marks the 40th year of the WPNC Bird Banding Station and our 31st year conducting a special breeding bird project called MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship). This research is a collaboration with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) and over 1200 banding stations in Canada and the US to help us better understand what factors are driving bird population declines

How does MAPS work?

At the WPNC banding station, specially trained and federally permitted bird banders conduct 10 banding sessions from May-August and collect detailed information on the age, gender, body condition, and reproductive status of each bird we capture. We also place a lightweight, numbered leg band on the bird before we release it in hopes we or another research will recapture it again. This data is then shared with IBP so it can be used by other researchers to assess bird populations. 

Why are feathers so important?

Birds are animals with feathers and they need them to fly, stay warm and dry, and attract a mate. Feathers are important to researchers because they help us to age the bird – which is an important component of understanding the health of a bird population. Because of sun damage and wear-and-tear, over time feathers become worn, faded, and brittle and are replaced – this is called molt. By assessing what feathers have been replaced, we can determine the age of a bird!

Observe the Research in Action

Stop by to observe bird banding and MAPS research. We will be conducting MAPS banding from 8am-2pm on June 1, 15, 22; July 6, 13, 20; or Aug 3rd at the Warner Park Nature Center. Though we cancel banding due to rain!

How you can help

Bird populations are declining significantly. You can learn more here and what you can do at home and in your community: 7 tips to helping our birds.

The B.I.R.D. Program is funded by Friends of Warner Parks, in collaboration with Warner Park Nature Center and Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation and our dedicated volunteers, staff, and partners!  Please support our legacy bird research and public engagement programs with a donation, becoming a member, and volunteering with Warner Parks. #ProtectTheBirds. #ProtectWarnerParks.

31 Years of Monitoring Avian Productivity

May 25, 2021

MAPS, feathers, molt?!

This year marks the 40th year of the WPNC Bird Banding Station and our 31st year conducting a special breeding bird project called MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship). This research is a collaboration with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) and over 1200 banding stations in Canada and the US to help us better understand what factors are driving bird population declines

How does MAPS work?

At the WPNC banding station, specially trained and federally permitted bird banders conduct 10 banding sessions from May-August and collect detailed information on the age, gender, body condition, and reproductive status of each bird we capture. We also place a lightweight, numbered leg band on the bird before we release it in hopes we or another research will recapture it again. This data is then shared with IBP so it can be used by other researchers to assess bird populations. 

Why are feathers so important?

Birds are animals with feathers and they need them to fly, stay warm and dry, and attract a mate. Feathers are important to researchers because they help us to age the bird – which is an important component of understanding the health of a bird population. Because of sun damage and wear-and-tear, over time feathers become worn, faded, and brittle and are replaced – this is called molt. By assessing what feathers have been replaced, we can determine the age of a bird!

Observe the Research in Action

Stop by to observe bird banding and MAPS research. We will be conducting MAPS banding from 8am-2pm on June 1, 15, 22; July 6, 13, 20; or Aug 3rd at the Warner Park Nature Center. Though we cancel banding due to rain!

How you can help

Bird populations are declining significantly. You can learn more here and what you can do at home and in your community: 7 tips to helping our birds.

The B.I.R.D. Program is funded by Friends of Warner Parks, in collaboration with Warner Park Nature Center and Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation and our dedicated volunteers, staff, and partners!  Please support our legacy bird research and public engagement programs with a donation, becoming a member, and volunteering with Warner Parks. #ProtectTheBirds. #ProtectWarnerParks.

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