Southern Appalachian Raptor Research started the 2013 MAPS season last month with bird samples at each of three MAPS locations. Visitors and volunteers assisting at SARR MAPS sites included the Cherokee Science Investigators, Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, Snowbird Language School and teachers from the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Highlights include Willow and Acadian flycatchers captured at our Tessentee and Cowee sites, plus abundant numbers of Yellow-breasted Chat and Indigo Bunting. Big Bald MAPS volunteers were treated to close-up looks of a sleek Cedar Waxwing and four brilliant Rose-breasted Grosbeaks! New volunteers, visitors and “old” friends are invited to attend any of the upcoming MAPS samples in the next two months. Check our MAPS Program page for additional information and sample dates. We hope to see you in the field soon!