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Bands and Banding

Approximately 1.5 million bands are issued annually to cooperators in the North American Bird Banding Program. Because marking birds for individual identification is the basis of the entire banding program, care and control are needed in the handling and use of bands and band records by both the bander and the Bird Banding Offices.

This section provides instructions to the bander on how to order bands and what to do upon receiving a shipment of bands. It describes the types and sizes of bands and the numbering system used for bands. Instructions are provided on applying and removing bands.

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