Special Skills Needed | Seasonal | Minimum Quantity: 1

Bird Banding Bags

Riveredge Nature Center is looking for volunteers to make homemade bird bags to keep birds warm, dry, and calm while they wait their turn to be measured and banded as part of their MAPS Program.

Why this Kindness Project Matters

Riveredge Nature Center is deemed a a Priority Migratory Stopover Site for birds by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It's estimated to host more than 10,000 landbirds during spring and fall migration. Since 1999, Riveredge's volunteer bird banding program, MAPS (Measuring Avian Productivity and Survival), has made great strides in understanding the dynamics of how bird populations thrive on our landscape. Homemade bird bags keep birds warm, dry, and calm while they wait their turn to be measured and banded during Riveredge Nature Center's annual spring banding project. You can learn more about Riveredge Nature Center at https://www.riveredgenaturecenter.org/


  • 11" by 28" rectangle of light-colored, breathable fabric (old cotton bedsheets work well!)*
  • 24" length of paracord or similar weight cord*
  • Thread*
  • Scissors*
  • Measuring tape*
  • Sewing machine or needle for hand sewing*
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board




Get started by registering for this Kindness Project using the form below. We kindly request that you commit to donating a minimum of 10 kits.

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