M.A.P.S.

THE MONITORING AVIAN PRODUCTIVITY AND SURVIVORSHIP (MAPS) PROGRAM: CONTINENT-WIDE DEMOGRAPHIC MONITORING

The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program comprises a continent-wide network of hundreds of constant-effort mist netting stations. Analyses of the resulting banding 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 demographic monitoring techniques are specifically recommended for monitoring the effectiveness of avian conservation efforts in the publication “Opportunities for Improving Avian Monitoring” released by the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative Monitoring Subcommittee (2007).

MAPS research activities are featured in project reports and peer-reviewed publications on the IBP Publications page and in our own journal Bird Populations. In addition, our annual or bi-annual newsletter MAPSChat provides useful or interesting articles for MAPS operators.