USA -(Ammoland.com)- Hunters fortunate enough to harvest a banded duck, goose or dove next hunting season will see a change in the way they report those bands to the United States Geological Survey.
The call-in center that has been in place to record information has been replaced by an online tool on their website.
According to the USGS Patuxent Bird Banding Laboratory, which administers the bird-banding program in the United States, the toll-free number engraved on bands will still function, but will redirect callers to the website.
The change is not only a matter of making the system more efficient, but also more accurate.
According to discussions between the BBL and the Flyway Technical Committees, which include biologists from each state in each of the four flyways migrating birds use, some data collected through call-in centers was inaccurate because of the inherent human error introduced through an extra step in the recording process. The online process proved faster, more accurate and seems to be preferred by people reporting bands.
In the few years that the online tool has become available, it has been responsible for 60 percent of reported …Read the Rest