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:
- A "Certificate of Appreciation" which is mailed or emailed to each person who reports a band. Certificates are produced in English, French, or Spanish, depending on the native language of the reporter. It includes the name and address of the bander. Thus, if the person who has recovered the band requires more information, he can write to the bander.
- A "Report-to-bander" is emailed to the bander containing the coded numeric data and the printed information about the location of the encounter and the name and address of the person who reported the band. Two reports are sent, a .pdf file that includes the basic information and a .tab file that contains all information from the finder in a form that can be imported into various computer programs. To translate codes in the .tab file, click here.
- A "Periodic Report" if requested, for emailing to State and Canadian conservation agencies containing banding and encounter data for all encounters of birds BANDED IN THAT STATE OR PROVINCE regardless of where they were encountered.
- A "Periodic Report" if requested, to State and Canadian conservation agencies containing banding and encounter data for all birds encountered in that State or Province but banded elsewhere.
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.
Translating Recovery Reports
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