MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. The goal of this program is to provide long-term data on the productivity, survival and population sizes of landbird species. The MAPS Program is a continent-wide population monitoring system that provides critically needed demographic information on landbirds and plays a major role in aiding efforts in the conservation of avian diversity in North America. 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 too for monitoring landbirds.
Audubon Rockies in Wyoming operates four banding stations, one at Keyhole Lake in Northeast Wyoming, 2 near Casper, and the other outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Banding starts in June and ends in early August. The MAPS Program enables 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.