Contact(s): Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist, 608-266-8841
MADISON - As of July 2, 2017, the Bird Banding Lab's "1-800 bird band" phone number, which allows the public to report waterfowl bands, will no longer be in service.
Following July 2, these bands can be reported online at www.reportband.gov (exit DNR). It is important to note that even if the band features a "1-800" number, you can report it using this new website. To report a band, you will need the band number (or numbers if the bird has more than one band).
Please report the band even if some or all of the numbers have worn off - most bands can be etched so that the numbers can be read. This process does not destroy the band, and it will be returned to you promptly.
After reporting a band online, the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Bird Banding Lab (exit DNR) will send you a certificate of appreciation via email that includes information about the sex, age and species of the bird, and where and when it was banded. This information helps determine population size, direction of travel and survival rates of migratory species game and non-game.
As a reminder, some bands may offer rewards - more information can be found on the US Fish and Wildlife Services website.
For more information regarding waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "waterfowl."