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.

8/28 – More migrants!!

High day so far – again!

Second day in a row of good banding totals; more migrants coming through; bring on the AHYs! Read more…

Fall Banding Dates:
Aug 14 – Sep 16

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.

News Flash!
The Covino twins are here!!

Avaleen Lucille Covino was born on August 6, at 1:17pm, and her little brother Thaxter Lawrence Covino an hour later at 2:17pm. Congratulations and best wishes to the Covino family!

Recent News & Updates:

  • 08/02/2016: Bander Anthony Hill was one of the instructors at a hummingbird banding workshop held in West Virginia, Aug 4-7. The workshop participants (including bander Liz Burton) were approved to receive their hummingbird banding certification.
  • 06/12/2016: Head bander Sara Morris and bander Anthony Hill taught the Field Ornithology program at the Hog Island Audubon Camp June 12-17. Anthony also taught the Hands-on Bird Science program June 19-24.
  • 06/09/2016: Channel 6 News in Portland, Maine ran a feature on the Shoals Marine Lab. Check it out!