Friday, June 22, 2012

Bird Banding In Mississippi

Wood Duck

Bird Banding Efforts
Ongoing in Mississippi

MDWFP’s wildlife biologists and conservation officers recently completed a rocket netting workshop at the Turcotte Education Center near Ross Barnett Reservoir. The purpose of this workshop, taught by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services, was to instruct personnel who band wood ducks how to safely capture and handle birds.

Each summer, MDWFP staff and permitted volunteers band mourning doves and wood ducks throughout Mississippi to better understand juvenile and adult survival (how long a bird lives), harvest rates (how many birds are harvested), and migration and dispersal patterns (where birds go).

All of these data are provided to the National Bird Banding Lab where it is entered into a central database that holds all information from every bird banded by a permitted bander. These data help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the MDWFP develop sound hunting regulations and gain useful information to improve migratory bird management in Mississippi.

If a hunter recovers a band from a migratory bird, it is very important to report the recovered band to the Bird Banding Lab. The band can be reported on the internet at or by calling 1-800-327-BAND (2263). After reporting the band, the Bird Banding Lab will send the hunter a certificate of appreciation, which tells where and when the bird was banded.

For more information regarding migratory bird banding, visit

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