Bird banding is a method used by scientists and researchers to study birds. Birds are safely caught and given an identification band, which is a small aluminum ring that fits around the bird’s leg like a bracelet. The band is engraved with a unique number, allowing scientists to keep track of each individual bird.
On average, 340,000 birds are banded in Canada each year, making an average of 1.2 million birds banded per year in both Canada and the United States.
In order to band birds in Canada, you must have a permit to do so and you must also be trained in safe banding procedures and comply with The Bander’s Code of Ethics.