How to Report Banded or Flagged Shorebird Sightings

  • To report a banded or flagged shorebird, go to www.bandedbirds.org. Complete the free online registration to also access the “Map Your Resightings” feature to track where else “your birds” have been seen. The web-based initiative BandedBirds.org was launched in May 2009 by partners in New Jersey and Delaware to incorporate resightings of banded and/or flagged shorebirds by the public into a centralized database.

 

  • To report a bird with a metal band where you are able to see all or even part of the 9-digit code inscribed on it, visit www.reportband.gov. This website is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Bird Banding Lab, which administers the North American Bird Banding Program in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS). Color bands may also be reported on this website.

 

  • The Pan American Shorebird Program (PASP), based in CWS’ Bird Banding Lab, can receive resightings in any language about shorebirds marked in any country. Banders will respond to you with the origin and history of “your bird.” To inform PASP of your sightings, email the lab at BBO_CWS@ec.gc.ca.