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The North American Bird Banding Program

Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge

Bird Banding Laboratory

Report a bird with a federal band or color marker

OMB Control #_1028-0082
Approval expires: 02/28/2027


Examples of federal bands and color markers

If you have already reported your federal band or color marker and want another copy of your Certificate of Appreciation click here

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To learn more about the USGS Bird Banding Lab, click here.


PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT STATEMENT: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501), please note the following. This information collection is authorized by The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. 703-712. Your response is voluntary. We estimate that it will take approximately 2 minutes to prepare and submit the recovery report. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget control number. OMB has reviewed and approved this information collection and assigned OMB Control Number 1028-0082. You may submit comments on any aspect of this information collection, including the accuracy of the estimated burden hours and suggestions to reduce this burden. Send your comments to: Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 807, Reston, VA 20192.

Please select all the options that apply to you:


I am reporting a:

- Help
If you do not know the band number and only want to report the color marker, please click here.
If you are not sure about digits or the band is too worn to read click here.




If you do not know the exact date you encountered the bird click here

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Please complete only those fields which describe the markers seen on the bird Help


The option to report additional marked birds will be available upon submission of this report. Please complete a separate report for each marked bird seen.
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If the bird did not have an auxiliary marker click here

Please enter your contact information:


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Your response will apply to any additional contacts as well.

As of July 2011, we are issuing electronic certificates only. Once the report is processed, you will receive an email with the certificate if you requested it, or you may download the certificate from our website using the band number, first name, and last name.


Please review the information you have entered below

If there are any errors, click "edit" next to it and make corrections.
If the information is correct, click "Send to BBL" button to complete your submission.