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Band Encounter Reports Sent to the Bander

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BAND IS ENCOUNTERED?
When a report of a banded bird is sent to the Bird Banding Laboratory, the computer produces the following:

UP-FOR-BANDING LETTER

If a band is reported to us as an encounter and the bander has not yet submitted the data, the BBL will contact the bander asking for those data and any others associated with that string of bands to be reported promptly. Such reports are often misread band numbers, so this letter includes the species reported by the finder and the date.

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