Bird Banding

Bird Banding

The Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island, sponsor of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, has has received support for the banding project from the provincial Wildlife Conservation Fund, TD Bank’s Friends of the Environment Foundation, the provincial Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division, and Phillips AgriServices. We hope to continue this project into the future so that it becomes not only a source of important information on forest birds and habitat but also an integral part of our educational work.

M.A.P.S. Program

The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program is a continent-wide collaborative effort among public agencies, non-governmental groups, and individuals to assist the conservation of birds and their habitats through demographic monitoring.

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MAPS data provide insights into important questions such as:

  • What factors drive avian population declines?
  • Where are problems most acute, on the breeding or non-breeding grounds?
  • What drives differences in population trends between particular regions or habitats?
  • What is the relationship between population change and weather, climate, or habitat loss?
  • What can we do to reverse declines?

Click here to learn more about the MAPS Program…

Banding Sites

Macphail Woods

The Macphail Woods’ 57 hectares (140 acres) are predominately wooded and include a pond and several streams. This property is a research and demonstration site for the restoration of native forests and includes four walking trails, a native plant nursery and an arboretum.

Click here to learn more about the Macphail Woods!
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Selkirk Road Public Forest

Like most woodlands in Prince Edward Island, the Selkirk Road Public Forest reflects its cultural history. Part of the property was once farmed and has grown up in white spruce, other areas were never cleared and still contain beautiful large yellow birch and hemlock. These huge trees provide homes for barred owls and the rare pileated woodpecker. Along the stream running through the woodland, you can find three species of rare native plants – witch hazel, black ash and hobblebush. And in the spring the vernal pools are home to pickerel frogs and newts. The size of this woodland is important, as it is becoming increasingly rare within the province to find large blocks of forest.

Learn more about the Selkirk Road Public Forest!

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Thank You!

We’ve had great support and wonderful volunteers to help us with this initiative, Thanks to all who have made this project possible.
Master Bander

  • Fiep de Bie

Banding Project Volunteers

  • Kathleen MacAulay
  • Jordi Segers
  • Mitchell Carr
  • Carolyn Peach Brown
  • Siobhan Armstrong
  • Lucas MacCormack
  • Jeanne Maki
  • Callista Tan
  • Ben Sinnamon
  • Lauren Grant
  • Emma Theriault
  • Linda Thomas
  • Roberta Palmer
  • Tiber Falzett
  • Ron Arsenault
  • Satoru Shu

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How to Help!

Interested in getting involved? Contact us to find how you can help!
Phone: (902)651-2575
Email: [email protected]

Species Lists


Macphail Woods

  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Red-eye Vireo
  • Eastern Wood Pewee
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Brown Creeper
  • Ovenbird
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Dark-Eyed Junco
  • Purple Finch
  • Black Throated Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Not Banded)
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Winter Wren
Selkirk Road Public Forest

  • Hermit Thrush
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • American Robin
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Winter Wren
  • Blackburnian Warbler

Upcoming Events

10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to
9:00 am How to Share a Love of Nature: A...
How to Share a Love of Nature: A...
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – Aug 3 @ 3:00 pm
How to Share a Love of Nature: A Course of Island Educators @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
How to Share a Love of Nature: A Course for Island Educators August 1st – 3rd $200 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network There is almost nothing as rewarding as watching a child fall in love with
1:00 pm Arboretum Volunteer Afternoon
Arboretum Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come out and help with our work on our Native Plant Arboretum. We’ll have lots of tools and compost and mulch, and a variety of native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to plant. This is already
2:00 pm Festival of Forests
Festival of Forests
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our Third Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.
9:00 am Knots and Natural Cordage
Knots and Natural Cordage
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Knots and Natural Cordage @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
Knots and Natural Cordage Saturday Sept 22nd $100 Register Nowby ACTIVE Network Does the job require a truckers hitch or just two half hitches? Should I use a sheet bend, zeppelin bend or a square

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