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.

Fall banding is just around the corner!

The banding station will open August 13

Volunteers are currently being scheduled

Banding Dates:
Aug 13 – Sep 14

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.

Recent News & Updates:

  • 08/06/2018: Bander Anthony Hill was one of the instructors at a hummingbird banding training session held in Elkins, WV, at the beginning of August.
  • 06/30/2018: Banders Sara Morris, Anthony Hill and Peg Ackerson all participated in the National Audubon Camp in Hog Island, ME in June. Anthony was an instructor for Hands On Bird Science, Sara was an instructor for Field Ornithology, and Peg was a volunteer.
  • 06/30/2018: Banders Peg Ackerson and Andy Thiede represented AIMS at the annual meeting of the Eastern Bird Banding Association in Schoodic, ME in June.
  • 04/12/2018: Banders Kristen Covino and Anthony Hill attended the annual meeting of the North American Banding Council (NABC) in Tucson, AZ, on April 9 & 10. Both are certified as trainers by the NABC
  • 03/30/2018: The current issue of the Journal of Field Ornithology contains results of a research study on Yellow Warbler migration conducted by Max Witynski and David Bonter of Cornell University. Some of the data collection for the study was done on Appledore.
  • 08/01/2017: The station says farewell to two dear friends.