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Photo Essay: Waterfowl Bands

Learn more about the importance of waterfowl bands

Banding ducks in the Dakotas

Hunters covet these rings like small trophies, symbols of their duck-hunting prowess. But waterfowl bands provide valuable information to scientists about duck populations, survival, migration routes, hunter harvest rates and winter and nest-site fidelity.

Reporting Leg Bands

Tens of thousands of waterfowl are marked each year with leg bands. This effort includes banding programs from the coast of Louisiana to the plains of the Dakotas to the Arctic breeding grounds of geese and eiders.

Banding Together

Band recoveries reported by hunters are an essential source of information for waterfowl managers.

Duck Banding Stories

Harvesting a banded duck or goose is exciting in itself, but sometimes the ensuing tales are simply amazing.

Duck Band Recovery Maps and Reports

While not an exact science, band recovery mapping can help give a general overview of waterfowl migration patterns into a certain state or region from associated breeding areas.
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