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THE NORTH AMERICAN BIRD BANDING PROGRAM: INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The panel examined the legal, scientific, and philosophical underpinnings of the Bird Banding Program [BBP], with emphasis on the U.S. Bird Banding Laboratory [BBL], but also considering the Canadian Bird Banding Office [BBO]. In this report, we review the value of banding data, enumerate and expand on the principles under which any modern BBP should operate, and from them derive our recommendations. These are cast into a Mission Statement, a Role & Function Statement, and a series of specific recommendations addressing five areas: (1) permitting procedures and practices; (2) operational issues; (3) data management; (4) BBL organization and staffing; and (5) implementation. Our major tenets and recommendations are as follows:

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. LEGAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND PHILOSOPHICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF THE BIRD BANDING PROGRAM
  3. RECOMMENDATIONS
  4. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS