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 Spring Banding Season Comes to an End

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers for another great season!

Check out the spring highlights above and be sure to come back in August for the start of the fall season.

Interested in volunteering?

Check out the Volunteering at AIMS page.

Want to be on our mailing list?

Visit the Contact AIMS page. During spring and fall banding seasons, you will receive our daily update email.

Recent News & Updates:

  • 07/17/2018: Bander Anthony Hill will be going to West Virginia in early August to assist with a training session for prospective hummingbird banders.
  • 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.