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MAPS Photo
The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program is a collaborative, continent-wide network of hundreds of constant-effort mist netting stations. Analyses of the resulting banding and demographic data provide critical information on the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbirds and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.
MoSI Photo
Many North American landbirds over-winter in the northern Neotropics where relatively little is known about their ecology. IBP and our international partners operate the Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal (MoSI) Program to provide information on the winter habitat needs of migrant and resident birds in the Neotropics. MoSI stations have operated in 15 countries from Mexico to Colombia.
SNBO Photo
The SNBO is comprised of a wide variety of projects studying, monitoring, and conserving birds throughout the Sierra Nevada region, often in partnership with government agencies. Areas of emphasis include determining the effects of land management practices, wildfire, and climate change on bird populations; conducting surveys for rare or imperiled species; monitoring avian population trends in national parks; and formulating conservation strategies that solve management problems and safeguard species.
Pacific Islands Photo
Native birds on small islands are particularly vulnerable to invasive species, anthropogenic habitat change, and other threats, and many species have been driven to extinction in historical times. To study the demographics and population pressures on Pacific birds, IBP and our regional partners have established landbird demographic monitoring programs on the island of Saipan, and two islands in American Samoa. Another programmatic effort has focused on the discovery and conservation of a newly described seabird species - Bryan's Shearwater.
National Parks Photo
IBP collaborates with the National Park Service to monitor avian population trends in six national parks, including some of the jewels of the National Park system. This long-term monitoring program is designed to answer park management needs as well as track avian population response to climate change and other stressors.
Molt and Plumage Studies Photo
Accurately determining the age and sex of captured birds is crucial in assessing population trends and demographic rates such as productivity and survival. IBP is a world leader in avian plumage and molt studies and has pioneered many novel applications of this work to conservation and management questions.
Bird Banding Photo
IBP offers beginning and advanced bird bander training and the opportunity for participants to learn or improve their skills in the set-up and operation of mist nets; bird-handling; in-hand aging and sexing techniques; and data scoring and recording using MAPS protocol and forms. IBP trainers are available to teach custom classes organized by host institutions.
Burrowing Owl Photo
Though no longer active, IBP's Burrowing Owl program spearheaded California-wide population surveys during the early 1990s and then again during 2006-2007.
Photo Credits, Top to Bottom: IBP, Janet and Phil, Larry Miller, IBP, Mandy Holmgren, IBP, Steven Albert, Hans Splinter