What functions are available in the Bander Portal for bird banders?
Use the Bander Portal to:
- View and update your contact information,
- List subpermittees, band inventory, and locations associated with your permit,
- Order bands and confirm bands as received,
- Request transferral of bands TO your permit or FROM your permit to another permit,
- Define which menu options subpermitees have permission to access,
- View tables of valid codes for various banding data fields (e.g. age, sex, etc.) and recommended band sizes by species.
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...Read Full Answer
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
Canada Goose with Leg Band and Neck Collar
Bandit is the latest in a series of programs 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 U. S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife
Research Center, Laurel, Maryland.
Aluminum band and one plastic colored leg bands in a Brown Pelican
Placing a federal band in a Northern Parula
Students Anaga Nmagu and Danielle Travers, hired with ARRA funds, are converting more than one million hand-written bird band recovery records into digital format at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Once digitized, these invaluable recovery records will be linked to the Bird Banding Laboratory's new Oracle database for easy access by researchers and managers engaged in bird science, conservation and management.