Report Bands

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.

Please report band recoveries online at or by sending your information to: Bird Banding Lab, 12100 Beach Forest Road, Laurel, MD 20708.  The call center supporting the 1-800-327-BAND toll-free phone number will be discontinued no later than June 30, 2018, possibly on June 30, 2017.  People calling this toll-free number will be directed to report their bird bands using the REPORTBAND website or by mail. We rely heavily on your cooperation in reporting banded birds to help in their management, and we would like to thank you for your continued support in this effort.