NATURE NOTES: Bird Banding for Scientific Research | Brazos Living

W hen studying animals in the wild, researchers must often keep track of and identify individual animals. In ornithology, the study of birds, there’s a simple solution: bird banding.

Bird banding is an incredibly useful tool for bird researchers. It involves placing a plastic or metal band around the leg of a bird before re-releasing the animal back into the wild. The band has an individual number and letter combination that allows scientists to keep track of individuals, like a license plate or a Social Security number.

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Celeste Silling is Education and Outreach Manager at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. For information, visit gcbo.org.

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