Banding and Marking Programs

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Biologist banding duckBanded ducks and geese are highly prized by hunters. But bands play an important role in waterfowl management as well.

In banding studies, biologists and other qualified assistants capture targeted birds, attach a metal leg band or other unique marking and then release the bird. If the bird is killed by a hunter or collected at a later date, the hunter can report the information from the band to the Bird Banding Laboratory, supplying valuable information about movement patterns, harvest and survival rates.

See the links to the right to report a band or for additional information about banding and marking programs.

Watch "Closing the Circle" Video

Read amazing facts discovered through banding