Why Band Birds?
Banding birds allows researches to track and monitor migration patterns as wells as population changes. In addition, birds are indicators- they make ideal research subjects for looking at changes in the environment, such as changing climate. We work with and share this data with a multitude of different banding programs and institutions, tracking individual birds from state-to-state and even internationally.
Banding is done by meticulously trained and certified bird banders. Banding involves recording data such as weight, wing length, age, and gender. Then a small, light weight, band with a 9-digit code is placed on the bird’s leg. Many studies show that the bird is not negatively effected in anyway by the band. Processing a bird takes less than a minute. The bird’s well being and stress reduction are top priority. If the bird is recaptured, we can gain valuable knowledge about how the bird traveled. Learn more about the long journey birds take!
A banding data sheet Some tools of the trade
Check out the youtube video of KVBO director Rich Keith banding a belted kingfisher at Fort Custer Training Center.
What the KVBO does:
Mist Net Banding
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (summer)
"Off-season" Banding (winter & spring)
Contracted Projects: Lyme disease study, Cerulean Warbler color-banding
Spring Survey at Kleinstuck Preserve
Winter Feeder Survey
National Projects: Christmas Bird Count, Breeding Bird Survey
Contracted Projects: nest surveys, point counts