THE NORTH AMERICAN BIRD BANDING PROGRAM
BIRD BANDING LABORATORY
LOCATED AT THE PATUXENT WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER
Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. The North American Bird Banding Program is jointly administered by the United States Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Their respective banding offices have similar functions and policies and use the same bands, reporting forms and data formats. Joint coordination of the program dates back to 1923.