Hunters are reminded to report all bands. Data obtained from band recoveries is very important in determining population characteristics and monitoring bird movements and distribution. This information is needed to establish or modify migratory game bird hunting seasons, and to improve habitat and harvest management strategies.
If you shoot a banded bird, please report it through the toll-free banded bird hotline, 1- 800-327-BAND, or online at www.reportband.gov. Once you report the band, you will receive information on where and when the bird was banded. Bands do NOT need to be returned to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it is yours to keep. Help us learn more about migratory birds by reporting all banded birds.