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.

Starting to Warm Up

An Unusual Day in the Nets

Highlights on 5/16 included a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a male Bobolink, 12 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds,
and 12 American Goldfinches.

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Banding Dates:
May 10 – June 7

Information for Volunteers

NOTE: if you are interested in learning more about becoming a banding station volunteer, please check out the Volunteering at Aims page.

Recent News & Updates:

  • 04/05/2017: Bander Kristen Covino will be teaching the Shoal's Marine Lab's Field Ornithology course this spring. Congrats Kristen!