How can I get bird banding and encounter data from the Bird Banding Laboratory?
Banding and encounter data are available for research purposes. Individual banding data records exist electronically starting in 1960. Pre-1960 banding data are available only for birds that have been encountered. Individual encounter data are available from 1913. To make a data request go to the Banding and Encounter Data page.
Bird banding and band recapture data from banding activities must be submitted to the Bird Banding Laboratory using Bandit, The Information Manager for Banding Operations. Bandit is desktop...Read Full Answer
A Federal Bird Banding and Marking Permit is required whenever someone wants to place a bird band or any type of marker on a wild bird that is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act or on a federally-protected bird that will be released into the wild. To obtain a permit, visit the...Read Full Answer
Bird banding has long been recognized as an important research tool that has substantially improved our understanding of many aspects of avian biology and provided critical information for the management and conservation of bird populations. It is normally safe when proper techniques and equipment are carefully employed by...Read Full Answer
No, banding does not hurt birds. When proper techniques and equipment are carefully employed, it’s a safe procedure for birds. Trained banders, who apply their expertise and thoughtfulness towards the health and well-being of the birds, follow strict procedures based on the...Read Full Answer
Certificates of appreciation are given to people who have found birds with leg bands or color markers and reported them to the Bird Banding Laboratory through www.reportband.gov. Certificates are automatically generated when you report a bird and can be downloaded immediately after...Read Full Answer
Bird band information is an important tool that is used to monitor populations, set hunting regulations, restore endangered species, study effects of environmental contaminants, and address such issues as Avian Influenza, bird hazards at airports, and crop depredations.
The North American Bird Banding Program is...Read Full Answer
The captured waterfowl are gently banded with a unique number that can be read if and when it is captured again.
A member of the field crew holds a recently banded least tern chick, displaying both its metal permanent band and its plastic field readable band.
Female whooping crane L6-12 and chicks LW1-16 and LW2-16, April 13, 2016. These are the first wild-hatched whooper chicks in Louisiana since 1939. Their parents, a four-year-old female and a three-year-old male, were raised at USGS’ Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, where researchers work to rebuild free-flying populations of the bugle-voiced, endangered birds
Adult Iiwi being banded at Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii
Banded Greater White-fronted geese flying in northern Alaska.
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus, with bird bands in nest with mate
Location and abundance of ducks captured and banded in Suisun Marsh during the late summer (May-September), and recovered (N=9,368) since 1932 in North America. The main map shows recovered mallards (orange) in the western U.S., and the inset map shows recovered mallard (orange; N=8,367), northern pintail (green; N=670), gadwall (blue; N=246), and cinnamon teal (yellow; N=85) in North America. Ducks were banded within the Suisun Marsh by the California Department of Fish and Game and California Waterfowl Association, and band recoveries were thereafter managed by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Lab.
Figure from Ackerman, JT, MP Herzog, GS Yarris, ML Casazza, E Burns, and JM Eadie. 2014. Chapter 5: Waterfowl ecology and management. Pages 103-132 and maps 10 and 11 in Moyle, PB, A Manfree, and PL Fiedler (editors): Suisun Marsh: Ecological History and Possible Futures. University of California Press: Berkeley, California. 239 pages.
Bandit is the latest in a series of desktop applications aimed at helping bird banders manage and submit their data for banded birds. We have tried to make the process of maintaining banding records as simple as possible. Bandit was created by the Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.