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 Two Old Friends

Two former AIMS volunteers, Stella Walsh and Jim Ries, both passed away in July.

Stella volunteered at the station for about six years before moving on to banding operations on Stratton Island, ME and the River Point Migration Station in West Falmouth, ME. Many station staff will remember her outgoing, no-nonsense personality and her larger-than-life sense of humor.

Jim Ries volunteered at the station for several seasons starting around 2009. His presence enlivened the banding station with his kindness, good nature, and gentle humor.

Jim and Stella will be greatly missed!

See pictures of Stella and Jim.