worn leg band that needs replaced

gloved hand holding an old, worn, bird leg band

worn leg band that needs replaced

This is an example of an extremely worn bird band that needed replacement. When bands are this worn, we send them back to the USGS Bird Banding Lab for them to chemically etch the band to retrieve the original information. We place a new band on the bird’s leg so the data and information can continue to be collected. This image was taken as part of the 2022 waterfowl banding operations.
Image
Photo By/Credit
Sarah F. Yates/USFWS
Ecosystem
Wetland
Recreational Activity
Species
Media Usage Rights/License
Public Domain
Subject tags
Bird banding
Game birds
Migratory birds
Research
Waterfowl