Sometimes it's not the band itself, but the story behind the band that intrigues hunters
and biologists. A pintail
banded on Sept. 2, 1940, in Athabasca County of northern Alberta eluded hazards until January 1954 when it was shot near Naucuspana, Tabasco, Mexico. Considering the 3,000 miles between band site and death, and assuming the bird made the two-way migration
each year for 13 years, the pintail
would have logged nearly 80,000 migration miles alone during its lifetime. Photo by Scot Fink.