Banders are urged to become active in regional banding associations. There are four banding associations in North America. Each association has an annual meeting, and some have additional events. Each supports a publication which provides a forum for current banding studies and problems.
In addition to the regional associations, there are a few active State, Provincial and local banding organizations. Officers of the regional associations can advise banders whether there are other active banding organizations in their vicinity.
All banding associations welcome new members. By joining, a bander can benefit from the experience of others and can communicate his own findings to others.
National and Regional Banding Associations
Persons interested in obtaining the names and addresses of the current officers of any association should write to the appropriate Bird Banding Office.
- North American Banding Council is an independent incorporated non-profit group dedicated to promoting sound and ethical banding principles and techniques.
- Eastern Bird Banding Association covers Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Ontario, and Quebec. Publication: North American Bird Bander, published quarterly.
- Inland Bird Banding Association covers Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Publication: North American Bird Bander, published quarterly.
- Western Bird
Banding Association covers the
remainder of the United States including Alaska, also Alberta, British Columbia,
Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Mexico. Publication: North American Bird
Bander, published quarterly.
Global Bird Banding Programs
Euring was created to coordinate bird banding programs across Europe. Its goals are to encourage the scientific and administrative cooperation among national banding programs, develop and promote high standards for bird banders, encourage the use of marked birds in scientific studies, and maintain data that can be used for the conservation and management of bird populations. For more information concerning the 38 European banding programs within Euring or to obtain banding data from those countries, please contact the individual national banding programs.
The Western Hemisphere Bird Banding Network is being developed as a New World counterpart to Euring. Only a few national banding programs exist in this hemisphere outside of the USA and Canada, but the number of programs is increasing as is the need to better coordinate bird banding activities across the hemisphere. More information about the
Western Hemisphere Bird Banding Network will be provided once it develops into a full-fledged coordinated group of banding programs. For now, additional information about non-Euopean banding programs can be obtained from each national program.