In the banding process, the bird is gently caught in a fine mistnet. It is quickly extracted by
trained volunteers, who then place a small, light aluminum band around one of the bird's legs.
Each band has a unique eight or nine digit number to positively identify it if it is found again.
All of the banding data for the western hemisphere is compiled in one database at the
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to make research and cooperation easier.
What is Bird Banding?
Bird banding is a method for gathering
useful facts about the life histories of
birds. It provides information on:
• Migration routes
• Breeding grounds
• Winter ranges
• Population fluctuations
• Other scientific/conservation issues