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Encounter Data Codes and Descriptions

These codes appear in the encounter records for data retrievals as well as the Report to the Banders.

A Report to Bander is emailed to the bander when there is an encounter report for a bird they banded. Two files are sent, a .pdf file that includes basic encounter information and a .tab file that contains all information from the finder in a form that can be imported into various computer programs.

Most data files provided by the BBL will have column titles matching the FIELD column below.

For those fields that are populated by codes, links are provided to the pages with the code translations.

 

FIELD
(B=BANDING, E=ENCOUNTER)

Description (if necessary)
B_AGE_CODE  
B_REGION 2-digit "Region" code of banding (not including flyway)
B_BAND_NUM The federal (metallic) band number
B_BAND_SIZE_CODE  
B_BAND_STATUS_CODE  
B_BAND_TYPE_CODE  
B_BIRD_STATUS  
B_COMMENTS Comments added to the banding record by the BBL
B_COORD_PRECISION Level of precision of coordinates given for banding location -- 10' block, 1' block or exact
B_DIRECTION_CODE (Quarter of the Earth) Only needed with B LAT and B LON
B_EXTRA_INFO_CODE  
B_FLYWAY_CODE  
B_HOW_AGED_CODE  
B_HOW_SEXED_CODE  
B_LAT_10_MIN_BLK For banding location: BBL-style 10' block designation (latitude)
B_LAT_DECIMAL_DEGREES For banding location: Decimal degrees (latitude).  Note the coordinate precision.
B_LON_10_MIN_BLK For banding location: BBL-style 10' block designation (longitude)
B_LON_DECIMAL_DEGREES For banding location: Decimal degrees (longitude). Note the coordinate precision.
B_AUX_MARKER A coded description of any auxiliary markers
B_PERMIT_NUM Permit number of bander
B_REMARKS Additional remarks from bander
B_REWARD_BAND_NUM The reward band number (if present)
B_SEX_CODE  
B_SPECIES_ID "AOU" or "SPECIES" number of bird
BANDING_DATE Full banding date (MM-DD-YY)
BANDING_DAY Day of month banded
BANDING_MONTH Month of year banded
BANDING_YEAR Year bird was banded
B_MARKER_LONG_DESC Full translated auxilliary marker information
B_SPECIES_NAME
Species name as originally banded
   
E_REGION 2-digit "Region" code of encounter (not including flyway)
E_CERTIFICATE_FLAG Did finder request a certificate?
E_CERTIFICATE_LANGUAGE Language of certificate to be issued to finder
E_COMMENTS Comments added to the encounter record by the BBL
E_COORD_PRECISION Level of precision of coordinates given for encounter location -- 10' block, 1' block or exact
E_COUNTRY_CODE Country code for country reported ("FIPS" code)
E_COUNTY_CODE County code for county of town reported ("FIPS" code)
E_CREATE_DATE Full date (MM/DD/YY) encounter record was created in BBL
E_CREATE_MONTH Month of year encounter record was created in BBL
E_CREATE_YEAR Year encounter record was created in the BBL
E_DIRECTION_CODE (Quarter of the Earth) Only needed with B LAT and B LON
E_DIRECTION1 Direction of encounter location from town
E_DIRECTION2 Second direction of encounter location from town (when 2 cardinal directions are used)
E_ENC_COUNTY_ORIGINAL County code for county in which bird/band was encounterd (as reported by finder)
E_FLYWAY_CODE  
E_HOW_OBTAINED_CODE Numeric code for how bird/band was obtained
E_HOW_OBTAINED_DESC Further description of how bird/band was obtained
E_LAT_10_MIN_BLK For encounter location: BBL-style 10' block designation (latitude)
E_LAT_DECIMAL_DEGREES For encounter location: Decimal degrees (latitude).  Note the coordinate precision.
E_LOCATION_DESCRIPTION Description of location reported by finder
E_LON_10_MIN_BLK For encounter location: BBL-style 10' block designation (longitude)
E_LON_DECIMAL_DEGREES For encounter location: Decimal degrees (longitude).  Note the coordinate precision.
E_MARKER_CODE_COLOR_ID Numeric code describing color of code on auxiliary marker as reported by finder
E_MARKER_COLOR_ID Numeric code describing color of auxiliary marker as reported by finder
E_MARKER_DESC Actual code on auxiliary marker as reported by finder
E_MARKER_REF_ID Internal identification number given to auxiliary marker only reports
E_AUX_MARKER Description of auxiliary marker as reported by finder
E_AUX_MARKER_CODE Numeric code describing type of auxiliary marker as reported by finder
E_MILES1 Mileage from encounter location town
E_MILES2 Second mileage from encounter location town
E_PLACE_NAME Place reported by finder
E_PRESENT_CONDITION_CODE Present condition of the bird as reported by finder
E_REMARKS Additional remarks by the finder
E_SPECIES_NAME Species as reported by finder
E_STATE_CODE "FIPS" state code of encounter
E_WHO_OBTAINED_CODE Who obtained the bird/band
E_WHY_REPORTED_CODE Reporting method
ENCOUNTER_DATE
(may be inexact date)
Full encounter date (MM/DD/YYYY), may be inexact date (records with month >12 or day > 31)
ENCOUNTER_DAY Day of month encountered
ENCOUNTER_MONTH Month of year encountered
ENCOUNTER_YEAR Year encountered
E_MARKER_LONG_DESC
Full translated auxilliary marker information as reported by the finder
HSS Hunting Season Survied.  Approximate age of the bird at the time it was encountered
MIN AGE AT ENC Minimum age at encounter. The decimal value translates to years and months (e.g. 12.25 = 12 years 3 months)
ORIGINAL_BAND Original band number if there was multiple bands applied to the bird
Other Bands Additional or replaced band(s)