UNDERSTANDING BIRD BANDING
Banding is an important tool to the science of understanding wild birds and other creatures of Mother Nature. It is used by all wild life rehabilitators, such as the Geological Survey of the United States and Canada's Wildlife Service to address population, hunting impact and effects of the humans on bird habitats, gain information of longevity, migration and breeding. Through the small percent of 'returns' we have learned significant data and lessons from raptors, shorebirds, oiled birds of spills, those birds with cases of interest, such as botulism, finch eye syndrome and other diseases .
Rehabilitated birds have proved they can survive back in the wild for many years. Hatched birds show they can migrate and join into a wide flock ti south America and back. Bands have proven brown pelicans, gulls and herons from the Deepwater horizon spill are surviving today, some sixteen years later.
Source: Tri-State Rescue News Letter, Fall 2014, Newark Delaware