Reporting bird bands is an important tool to help state and federal biologists study populations and migrations of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Migratory waterfowl and some migratory birds are banded by federal and state teams to determine flight patterns and assist in other migratory date collection and reporting. State teams band in excess of 2,000 wood ducks annually and have recently completed banding projects on mottled ducks, the state’s only native duck.
To report taking a bird with a band, call toll-free 1-800-327-BAND (2263).
Operators are on duty to 24 hours daily through the hunting season to take calls.
The operator will ask for the band number and when and where it was recovered.
You will receive a certificate from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with information about the bird. The band is yours to keep.
You also can report bird bands to the U.S. Geological Study’s Web site on the internet at: www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl.