Hunters are reminded to report all bands. Data obtained from band recoveries is very important in determining population characteristics and monitoring bird movements and distribution. This information is needed to establish or modify migratory game bird hunting seasons, and to improve our habitat and harvest management strategies.
Bands can be reported over the Internet through the USGS Bird Banding Lab Web site, or by calling the Bird Banding Laboratory's toll-free number (800-327-BAND). The Bird Banding Lab is the central processing station for banding information from across the country. After you report the band, you will be sent a "Certificate of Appreciation" that will provide information on where and when the bird was banded. Help us learn more about our Virginia doves by reporting all banded birds.