Research at MBO spans a wide range, from understanding of moult and ageing of songbirds to local and long-distance movements, longevity, and population trends. Our primary research focus is on population monitoring through our standardized Spring and Fall Migration Monitoring Programs and the MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) program in summer, but we also conduct winter monitoring and a variety of other small projects that complement our main programs, including an owl migration component in fall.

Most of our research involves bird banding, which is conducted by trained staff and volunteers operating under permits from the Canadian Wildlife Service. Students or other researchers interested in undertaking studies at MBO or accessing data for the purpose of collaborative research are encouraged to contact us to discuss opportunities.