Bird Banding Laboratory


Illustration of a black-bellied whistling duck wearing a federal leg band standing, title text surrounds image in circle

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. 

Frederick Lincoln at desk

The U.S. Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) has had a long and rich his­tory beginning with its founding in 1920 by the visionary Frederick C. Lincoln.