Photo of Duck Hunter at Sunset courtesy of Larry Hindman - Wildlife & Heritage Service

Waterfowl Banding

Maryland wildlife staff preparing to band resident Canada geesePlease Report Bird Bands

Bird banding programs provide valuable information on a wide variety of migratory game birds. Bands recovered and reported by hunters provide valuable information about survival, migration, harvest rates, and distribution.

To report band numbers from all types of birds (except pigeons), go on-line at

The information needed is:

  • The band number
  • Hunter’s name and address
  • Date of harvest
  • Location (nearest town) of harvest
  • You can also report bands by calling 1-800-327-BAND (2263). You will receive a certificate of appreciation and information about the bird you reported. The band is yours to keep!

    Migratory game bird violations and related issues may be reported to the Law Enforcement Division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 410-573-4514 (Annapolis) or 410-228-2475 (Cambridge).

    Band Recovery Reports

    Recoveries of American Black Ducks and Wood Ducks
    Banded Preseason in Maryland
    (Acrobat PDF File-Open with Acrobat Reader)

    cover art from Preseason Banding Locations of Waterfowl report

    Preseason Banding Locations of
    Waterfowl Recovered by Maryland Hunters

    (Acrobat PDF File-Open with Acrobat Reader)

    Waterfowl banding map iconSearch Waterfowl Banding Records 

    Using the Bands Across America search tools found at, you can query and map waterfowl banding data all the way back to 1914.

    Your search of more than 3.1 million banding records can be narrowed or expanded using multiple criteria to easily see banding and recovery locations.

    The dynamic search interface allows you to:

    • Search for banding or recovery locations within a specific state, province, or flyway
    • See results for all years that data have been collected or select a single year
    • Select the species you’re interested in from a categorized listing

    All results are plotted on a scalable map, offering critical information for waterfowl biologists monitoring populations across the continent.

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