Bird Banding Laboratory: Recent Accomplishments

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The Challenge: Bird banding is one of the most indispensable techniques for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. The North American Bird Banding Program was established in 1920 and has evolved into the complex operation that supports the activities of approximately 1550 Master banders and 6000 sub-permittees in the United States.

The Science: Bird banding is one of the most indispensable techniques for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. The North American Bird Banding Program was established in 1920 and has evolved into the complex operation that supports the activities of approximately 1550 Master banders and 6000 sub-permittees in the United States.

Recent Accomplishments: Within the past year, the Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) revamped its website to improve communication with the banding community and public. The lab updated the REPORTBAND web application used to submit reports of banded birds by improving access to this application from mobile devices. The BBL processes more than one million banding records and 90,000 reports of banded birds annually. Additionally, the BBL provided support for numerous migratory bird management and conservation projects conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state natural resource agencies.

The Future:  During 2019, a new version of the REPORTBAND web application will be developed and is planned for release. The BBL will improve access to its data resources by creating an online data retrieval application. Many revisions to BBL data management practices will be implemented. In collaboration with the Canadian Bird Banding Office, the BBL will continue to promote coordinated bird banding programs across the hemisphere.