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News Release: August 15, 2017

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Mike Peters, Wildlife Resources Section 304-825-6787 Michael.L.Peters@wv.gov

Report Harvested Banded Game Birds to USGS Bird Banding Laboratory

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters who harvest leg-banded game birds should report them online at www.reportband.gov. The United States Geological Survey's Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL), the federal agency in charge of overseeing all migratory bird banding, has discontinued the 1-800 number used to report banded birds.

“While this band-reporting method has been discontinued, bands inscribed with the 1-800 number could be encountered for several years,” said Mike Peters, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) game bird biologist. “We ask hunters to continue to report those bands through the website because we still need the valuable information those bands provide.”

If the 1-800 number is called, an automated answering system will direct callers to report the band through the www.reportband.gov website.

Bands can still be reported by mail to: Bird Banding Lab, 12100 Beach Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708. Hunters must provide their contact information and the leg-band number, and indicate when and where the bird was harvested. Hunters can keep the band.

Migratory bird biologists from state and federal wildlife agencies use banding data to develop models to predict harvest impacts and understand environmental factors affecting migratory bird populations. These models are used to set annual migratory game bird regulations, including season lengths and bag limits.

“We rely heavily on hunter cooperation in reporting banded birds to help in their management, and we thank them for their continued support in this effort,” Peters said.