Hunters encouraged to report banded birds

Harrisburg — Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to report banded
ducks, geese and doves they harvest online at,
or by using the toll-free number (1-800-327-BAND). Hunters will be
requested to provide information on where, when and what species of
migratory birds were taken, in addition to the band number. This
information is crucial to the successful management of migratory

Kevin Jacobs, Game Commission waterfowl biologist, also stressed
that reporting leg-bands helps the Game Commission and the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service learn more about waterfowl movements, and
survival and harvest rates that are critical to population
management and setting of hunting regulations. Each year, nearly
380,000 ducks and geese and 30,000 mourning doves are banded across
the United States and Canada.

“Information provided by hunters is essential in our efforts to
properly manage our migratory game bird populations and harvest
opportunities,” Jacobs said. “By reporting the recovery of a
leg-band, hunters not only assist in managing the resource, but
also have an opportunity to learn interesting facts about the bird
they harvested.”

Jacobs noted that the online and toll-free reporting systems
have produced big dividends. Under the old reporting system
utilized until the late 1990s, about one-third of recovered banded
birds were reported by hunters. Now, with the option of using
online or toll-free methods, band reporting rates are estimated to
have stabilized around 70 percent.

This allows more information to be obtained from the program and
can reduce costs associated with banding ducks, geese and


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