Banding Factoids

  • Duck bandThe 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.