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


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


  • 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.


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.


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

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.