AIMS Bird Banding

The Appledore Island Migration Station (AIMS) is located on Appledore Island in the Gulf of Maine. Each spring and fall, AIMS staff — who are all volunteers and students — band birds from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, weather permitting.


Appledore Island is also home to the Shoals Marine Lab. SML provides hands-on educational and research programs in marine science and environmental sustainability. SML hosts the banding station and its personnel during migration seasons.

The Fall Season is Coming!

Volunteers are Being Scheduled Now

Banding Dates:
Aug 14 – Sep 15

Information for Volunteers

Interested in volunteering?

Check out the Volunteering at AIMS page.

Want to be on our mailing list?

Visit the Contact AIMS page.

Farewell to a Good Friend

The banding station has lost a wonderful old friend, Jim Ries. His kindness, good nature and gentle humor will be greatly missed.

Jim led a very full and adventurous life and he was loved by many. Read more about him in his obituary.

Also, see some pictures of Jim in action on Appledore.