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Bird Banding Volunteer Opportunities with Audubon SC ~ June /July 2017

Audubon South Carolina has started a new bird banding project at the Francis Beidler Forest being initiated this spring/summer. They will be running a bird banding station as part of the MAPS program – Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship – which is a national initiative run through the Institute for Bird Populations. They will be banding in the forested habitat behind the barn at Beidler, not far from the visitor center, in the same area where past Audubon employees have done banding work. They are interested to learn what species are using this habitat; from past projects, and know that many fledglings (including those of Prothonotary Warblers) and some rare species (e.g. – Swainson’s Warbler) have been found in this area.

A MAPS banding station only requires nine banding days throughout the summer, spread fairly evenly throughout June and July. They are seeking volunteers to help with this project; this is a great way to learn more about birds and bird banding by experiencing the process up close. A typical MAPS day starts around 5:15 a.m. and runs through noon, though volunteers could arrive any time between start time and 9:00 a.m. If interested, be prepared for heat, biting insects, a good amount of walking and the possibility of encountering snakes. Participants will need to bring food, plenty of water, and appropriate footwear. Our setup area is arranged so that we are never far from our vehicles during the course of the morning, so volunteers won’t need to carry everything with them throughout the day.

For questions, or to be added to our list of volunteers for this project, please contact Matt Johnson at mgjohnson@audubon.org .