(only displayed if band has been recovered and reported)
How to search for a species
To search for a specific species, click on the species icon under the search bar. Begin by selecting the bird species. Next, choose the location where the bird species was banded and recovered. Both of these choices can include selecting an individual state, an individual flyway, or you may choose "anywhere" to get all locations. Last, you choose an individual year or select the "Any Year" option to view all years. Press the "Go" button to execute your search.
Searches that return a large number of results display a random sample of 500 records. Please note that results for 2015 will only include data collected through June 2015. When you specify a year, that can match records banded or recovered in that year.
How to search for a band number
To search for a specific band, click on the band icon under the search bar. Enter the band number in the text box and click the "Go" button to execute your search. If the band is found, the resulting map will show the banding and recovery locations of the bird that wore that particular band.
Only valid for bands already reported as recovered. Please note that results for 2015 will only include data collected through June 2015. To report a band, go to ReportBand.gov
In 1902, Dr. Paul Bartsch of the Smithsonian Institution was the first to band birds in North America - 23 black-crowned night herons near Washington, D.C. Many banders followed, and banding and recovery records have been kept since 1914.
The first large-scale North American banding program was established in 1922.
Through 2007, about 16 million waterfowl have been banded in North America, including about 13 million ducks.
Biologists band more than 200,000 ducks and nearly 150,000 geese and swans in North America each year.
About 85,000-90,000 bands are reported each year.
Through 2009, most duck banding efforts have focused on mallards. The mallard is the most commonly banded and most commonly harvested duck in the United States and Canada. Approximately 7 million mallards have been banded through 2007.
The oldest known waterfowl banded in North America was a Canada goose that lived to be 30 years and 4 months old. The oldest mallard lived to 26 years, 4 months.
Search By Band Number
Only valid for bands already reported as recovered. Please note that results for 2014 will include data collected through May 2014.
To report a band, go to ReportBand.gov
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