Banded White-crowned sparrow and Reporting Banded Birds
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Always a good practice, and appreciated, to report encounters with banded, wing-tagged, collared (geese) birds to the North American Bird Banding Program. Please Report Bands at www.reportband.gov
A Certificate of Appreciation will be sent, and includes data that is known, such as age and sex of bird, and the location and date of banding. To learn more about the USGS Bird Banding Lab https://www.usgs.gov/labs/bird-banding-laboratory
A little long, but interesting, from the U.S. Geological Survey and Canadian Wildlife Service:
"Bird banding is important for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. About 60 million birds representing hundreds of species have been banded in North America since 1904. About 4 million bands have been recovered and reported.
Data from banded birds are used in monitoring populations, setting hunting regulations, restoring endangered species, studying effects of environmental contaminants, and addressing such issues as Avian Influenza, bird hazards at airports, and crop depredations. Results from banding studies support national and international bird conservation programs such as Partners in Flight, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and Wetlands for the Americas.
The North American Bird Banding Program is under the general direction of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Cooperators include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mexico's National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity and Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources; other federal, state and provincial conservation agencies; universities; amateur ornithologists; bird observatories; nature centers; nongovernmental organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Audubon Society; environmental consulting firms and other private sector businesses. However, the most important partner in this cooperative venture is you, the person who voluntarily reported a recovered band. Thank you for your help.”