Written and Photographed By: Nate Hutt
In partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, RRAS was able to send volunteers to assist in bird banding and data collection at the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge from May to August 2021.
This was part of the annual ongoing continent-wide Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) study, currently in its fourth year at this site(https://www.birdpop.org/pages/maps.php). Note: the Moapa Refuge is the only station in Nevada currently participating in the MAPS study. Sessions were held once every 10 days for 9 total sessions with RRAS volunteers attending over half of those sessions. Big thanks to the highly professional team at USFWS (https://www.fws.gov/index.html) for this wonderful opportunityto help conduct important research to help better understand threats to our feathered friends!