Ornithologist Emily Thomas hands a banded bird to a visitor who will release it.


  • MAPS Bird Banding:  MAPS stands for Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship.  Using mist nets, ornithologists capture, band, and release birds from early June through early August.  The data they collect helps scientists understand bird population trends.  Visitors are welcome to tag along during banding sessions to see how it’s done and get great close-up views of birds.
  • Christmas Bird Count:  Every year, Audubon volunteers from around the country participate in this, the longest running bird count.  Jamestown Auduboners participate in two counts – one in Jamestown, New York and another in Warren, Pennsylvania – usually around the 2nd weekend in December.  Contact the Center if you would like to participate.
  • Great Backyard Bird Count:  Presidents’ Day weekend in February has been established as another annual count time by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  You can participate at Audubon, in a nearby park, or in your own backyard.
  • Buffalo Ornithological Bird Counts:  Many Jamestown Audubon members also participate in counts for Buffalo Ornithological Society.  If you are interested in participating, call and we’ll put you in touch with others from our area.
Elizabeth with Dragon

A Day Camp participant shows off a Common Green Darner she caught while counting dragonflies for the NYS Odonata Survey.