Who:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Division of Migratory Bird Management

Objectives:

  • To monitor the vital rates, distribution, and migratory pathways of waterfowl in North America
  • To determine population estimates of waterfowl populations in North America

How:

  • Waterfowl (mallards, northern pintails, American green-winged teals, redheads, and other assorted species) are captured using baiting stations and banded with a unique identification number.
  • Information from the banding program is used in conjunction with spring aerial surveys to help set appropriate waterfowl harvest regulations in the U.S. and Canada.

Where:

A banding station has been established in the basins southwest of Lake Claire in the Peace-Athabasca Delta. This is one of several banding stations located in western Canada and the Northwest Territories.

When:

Banding occurs for three weeks in August.  This project started in 2009, continued in 2012, and will hopefully continue on an annual basis.

Project Lead:

Nathan Zimpfer
USFWS – Division of Migratory Bird Management
11510 American Holly Dr.
Laurel, MD 20708
USA

Phone: 301-497-5869
E-mail: Nathan_Zimpfer@fws.gov

Getting Involved:

If you find a banded bird, please report the band number at 1-800-327-BAND.  If you are interested in volunteering to help band waterfowl, please contact Nathan Zimpfer at nathan_zimpfer@USFW.org.