The Beaverhill Natural Area and trails remain open to the public 24/7. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic however, the BBO is not accepting volunteers at this time and we will not be banding birds until further notice. We ask that visitors respectfully stay outside of our buildings, as we are happy to talk to visitors in our clearing and anywhere in the great outdoors!


The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program is a cooperative effort by banders across Canada and the United States to provide long-term data on North American bird species

  • The data collected at MAPS stations allow researchers to assess whether observed population changes are due to changes in a species’ reproductive success, mortality, or both
  • The BBO has been participating in the MAPS program since 1989 and currently operates three stations
  • At each station we set up ten standard songbird mist nets, which are monitored between June 10 and July 30
  • See this species account for an example of how BBO data has been used to improve our understanding of the Least Flycatcher, one of the most prolific breeders in the Beaverhill Natural Area