Audubon Rockies operates four Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding stations in Wyoming. The MAPS program is a continent-wide population monitoring program that provides critical demographic information on terrestrial birds. The data we collect on productivity, survival, and population sizes are essential for conserving North American birds. The MAPS program is endorsed by both the Monitoring Working Group of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program and the Biological Resources Division as an important tool for monitoring birds.
Each year we band and measure birds at one station in Keyhole Lake in northeast Wyoming, two near Casper, and one near Laramie. Banding starts in June and ends in early August. The MAPS program welcomes volunteers to get up close and personal with Wyoming birds. A banding training class, which precedes the first banding date, provides volunteers with the skills required to set up and take down mist nets, remove birds from nets, and band, identify, sex and age birds.