USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Bird Banding Laboratory
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, MD 20708-4037
November 22, 2011

To:   All Banders

From:  Chief, Bird Banding Laboratory

Subject: Release of Bandit v 3.01

The BBL is proud to announce the release of Bandit version 3.01. Originally 3.01 was intended to fix a few very minor problems we found in v. 3.0, but other changes, both within the BBL and outside the BBL resulted in many other improvements that extended the time it took to be sure we had a good product. The changes from 3.0 to 3.01 are many fewer than from 2.01 to 3.0, but are significant enough that we encourage all users to upgrade.

The major changes in version 3.01 relate to auxiliary marker codes for various electronic devices. If you are using transmitters, PIT tags, geolocators, etc. it is important that you upgrade. Not only have we added new codes for the “Aux Marker” portion of Bandit, but we have added new “Additional Information” codes for the Status Code field. We are now distinguishing between satellite and VHF transmitters (making the old a.i. code of 89 obsolete), and we have added a code for dataloggers, including geolocators. Previously we have asked banders to use a.i. code 85 (misc.) for dataloggers. Finally we have a new code (75) for PIT tags. In the Aux Marker Type field you will notice that each of these new codes has an A through G sub code that describes the method of attachment.

Banders using wing tags on birds should also note that, on the Aux Marker page we have broken Aux Marker Type code 39 into 39A, 39B and 39C to distinguish wing, back and head markers. This change does not affect the a.i. code; it remains 39 for all.

The other major change is the addition of resident bird species found in the U. S. possessions in the South Pacific.
Other more minor changes that were made primarily affect how Bandit performs, making it more user-friendly and encouraging better data entry which is why we encourage all users to upgrade. The upgrade process is simple, but you must remember to answer yes to the question about retaining your old data.

WARNING - All users, and especially Windows Vista users, should be certain that they have saved the most current backup file and that they know where it is stored. With Vista it has been found that the “restore” that is done as part of the installation process occasionally does not restore the most recent backup or any at all. In such cases it will be necessary to do a “Restore From Backup” after installation.