In 2019, Yosemite’s songbird-science program — the longest-running MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Stewardship) bird-banding effort in North America — is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Conservancy donors have made those three decades of data collection possible; during this milestone year, your gifts will help the park continue its long-running research.

By studying songbirds, scientists can learn how drought, wildfires and other environmental factors affect birds and other animals. This year, park scientists and interns will gather data on thousands of birds at six sites, including in Ackerson Meadow, where results will inform restoration plans for an ecosystem that supports some of the Sierra’s rarest avian species. Researchers will also study black-headed grosbeaks, a “molt-migrant” that breeds in the park, and will offer hands-on bird-banding demonstrations.

Your contribution will support a respected research program that reveals valuable insights about birds in Yosemite and beyond.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and Institute for Bird Populations

Sarah Stock

Wildlife Biologist, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

This legacy songbird program provides an outreach and management opportunity critical for understanding, restoring, and conserving Yosemite’s songbirds and the meadow habitats on which they depend, for future generations. Yosemite’s bird banding stations are some of the oldest in the country and have operated continuously since 1990, thanks in large part to Yosemite Conservancy.