Ways to Get Involved
  • Apply for funding to conduct research and management activities that benefit the 16 species of webless migratory game birds in North America.
  • Hunters can participate in the Harvest Information Program's Parts Collection Survey or the Harvest Survey.  The Parts Collection Survey collects information about harvest by species, age, and sex, which then helps determine the age and sex ratios of species.  Age ratios are used to calculate reproduction rates. Reproduction plays an important role in keeping migratory bird populations stable.  The Harvest Survey is important because it gives harvest estimates for these species/species groups. 
  • Report bird bands.  Banding allows scientists to track movements of individual birds to study dispersal and migration, behavior and social structure structure
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    , life-span and survival rate, reproductive success and population growth. Analysis of banding information from game birds is completed annually and is essential for developing hunting regulations and for detecting changes in populations. Resightings and recoveries of bird bands are extremely helpful to bird conservation. It’s easy to do and it is just one more way that you can contribute to migratory bird conservation.  

Our Partners

  • USFWS Flyway Representatives
  • USFWS Regional Migratory Bird Coordinators
  • USFWS Wildlife Refuges
  • USGS-Biological Research Division (BRD)
  • USGS Cooperative Research Units
  • State biologists
  • Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Support Task Force
  • Flyway Council Representatives