Bird Banding Laboratory

Data and Tools

The USGS Bird Banding Laboratory data are publicly available and can be explored and requested below.

Filter Total Items: 6
Date published: April 6, 2018

How many birds have been banded since 1960?

Explore the total number of birds banded and band encountered by bird group since 1960 by bird banders.

Date published: April 4, 2018

Summaries of Banding and Encounter Data

Explore bird banders' data and learn how many birds have been banded and encountered since 1960.

Date published: April 2, 2018

BBL Longevity Records

Explore bird banders' data and learn how long birds may live.

Date published: March 30, 2018

Request data from the BBL

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.

Date published: March 29, 2018

Key Reference for BBL Codes

The BBL uses a variety of codes to facilitate the data management processes involving the submission of banding records by banders, the submission of reports of banded birds by the public (encounters), and in our publicly available bird banding and encounter datasets.

Date published: March 27, 2018

Memos to All Banders (MTABs) since 1922

Explore the historical banding notes and memos to all banders (MTABs) since 1922. Learn how the capture and bird banding techniques have evolved and how they have played a critical role to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations.