HANA MAPS Station Period 5

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Sunday June 13, 2015:  After dodging the early morning rain, the team of volunteers was able to complete the second Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) session. We banded 21 new birds and had 9 recaptures. Even though the numbers were a little low, we had a nice variety of species. By far the most interesting bird of the day was a recaptured Veery, which was banded as an After Second Year Bird in 2011. This means that this bird is at least seven years old!

Birds are not the only interesting organisms at High Acres Nature Area. Barbara Wagner, one of the MAPS volunteers, took the attached photograph of a snake attempting to swallow a snail which appears to be too wide to be eaten. At the very least, you have to admire the snake’s ambition!  –

A Garter Snake attempts to eat a

A Northern Water Snake attempts to eat a snail.  It looks like he is trying to swallow the whole shell . . . but most snail-eating snakes pull the snail from the shell with their teeth.



Dawn at Dead Creek Photo by Ryan Kayhart

Dawn at Dead Creek
Photo by Ryan Kayhart

SY Male American Redstart Photo by Ryan Kayhart

SY Male American Redstart
Photo by Ryan Kayhart


Saturday June 6, 2015

Henry, Brendan, Mr. Olsen, Becky and I got the place set-up.  Ryley and Brendan’s son Quinn helped for the day.   The wind was blowing pretty good so we closed three nets.

We ended up with 19 new birds and 11 retraps.  The highlight of the morning was a Snowy Egret flying over Dead Creek!

Becky brought her cookies and muffins that she made the night before.

We caught a SY Male American Redstart.

The few visitors that came were Jeff and his daughter Maycee, Bradley and his mother, and Fionna and her mother Rachel.

Ryan Kayhart


HANA MAPS Station Period 4

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Sunday June 7, 2015:  The MAPS season got off to a good start at High Acres Nature Area (HANA) on Sunday, with the help of seven volunteers. MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship. This is a program designed to evaluate changes in bird populations throughout North America. The data from the birds captured, along with data from hundreds of similar MAPS station are sent to the Institute for Bird Populations, where trends in populations are calculated. These trends are invaluable to bird conservation. The data is also sent to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is used for many other types of bird conservation research.  It is also being used locally as a conservation planning tool at HANA.

A total of 33 new birds were banded. Age, sex, and a series of physical measurements were determined on each of these birds. There were also 9 recaptured birds on Sunday. Gray Catbirds were the most common species (8 new catbirds were banded). We also had 2 beautiful Wood Thrushes.   One of the last birds of the day was a Veery, which continued to sing as it was removed from the net!

HANA in the morning.  Photo by John Waud

HANA in the morning. Photo by John Waud

Wood Thrush.  Photo by John Waud

Wood Thrush. Photo by John Waud

John Waud – Bander in charge

Summer Banding Round-up

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Saturday August 2,2014  96 new; 16 species; 11 retraps

Henry and I arrived at dead creek and we set up the canopy, while we waited for Mr. Olsen to show up. After we got done setting the canopy, Mr. Olsen came with Kids Iain and Ryley.   Mr. Olsen, kids, Henry and I went to open the nets.

At 6:00am we made first net check and had lots of birds. After we got back, Mr. Olsen and I started banding while Ryley scribes and Henry does a little bit before doing the net checks while Mr. Olsen and I kept banding.

Henry runs out of bags and called Iain to bring more bags. And he ran to Henry to give him more bags. We were busy until about 9:00am. Mr. Olsen and I were behind for an hour before then!

Bird of the day Song Sparrow with 39 banded. Other highs were Gray catbird with 15 and Yellow Warbler with 13! Other Highlights were our third American Redstart of the season, First Eastern Phoebe since 2009. Warbling vireo, Marsh Wren, Baltimore oriole and White-throated Sparrow were new for the season.

Becky came to scribe around 9:30 but by then the action slowed down. Meghan came later.  But see saw a few birds also.

Ryan Kayhart





The final MAPS session was successfully completed on an overcast morning that threatened rain. We ended up closing after 4 1/2 hours due to a light shower and more rain on the radar. The day ended with 16 new birds banded and 4 recaptures of 9 different species. Cardinals and Gray Catbirds made up the majority of birds banded with 6 of each. We also had a Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Carolina Wren
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird which sat nicely in Dr. Waud’s hand before flying off.
Hummer at Rest! Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

Hummer at Rest!
Photo by Meghan Oberkircher

This season a total of 146 newly banded birds, 75 recaptures, and 5 unbanded birds of 27 different species added up to 226 birds. Two new species were also banded this year: Tree Swallow and Black-billed Cuckoo. A big thank you to the 22 volunteers that came out to help this year! Running the MAPS station would not be possible without your help. The continued support of Waste Management, who own HANA, is also very greatly appreciated.


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August 1, 2014  40 new bands, 9 recaps

It has been a very wet week. I had to cancel MAPS Thursday, July 31 
because of morning rain and rescheduled for Friday, August 1. Even on 
Friday we sat in our cars for a ½ hour waiting for the rain to stop. 
Then a brilliant sun came out the rest of the morning and so did the 
birds. We captured 49 birds, 40 of which were newly banded. 

Of the 40 new birds, 21 were yellow warblers, 4 were gray catbirds and
5 were song sparrows all hatch year birds. The day’s highlights were a
hatch year blue jay, a northern waterthrush and a rose-breasted grosbeak.
Hatching Year Blue Jay Photo by Marian Klik

Hatching Year Blue Jay
Photo by Marian Klik

Helping out on this last session were Tom Klotzbach, Aggie Windig, Dr. 
Sue Smith and Meghan Oberkircher. I would like to thank all the people 
who helped out this summer. You made this sixth year of MAPS a success.

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