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Finding Banded Birds
Each year, hundreds of birds are banded with aluminum and/or multi-colored bands. Many of these birds may be in your favorite birding territory or park, or you may spot one on a trip away from home. Bird banding is done to learn more about birds. Careful records are kept by the licensed bird banders of each bird they band.  Copies of these records are turned over to the Bird Banding Laboratory.  By reporting banded birds you find, you can help contribute important information on these birds, such as how long they live, where they disperse to, and where they were banded.  Your report will be sent to the bird bander.  Often, if you request information on the bird you reported, you can learn where and when it was banded.
Report banded birds to the Bird Banding Laboratory at: http://www.reportband.gov/
Banded Raptors:
Report all banded raptors observed here in Orange County to Scott Thomas  Report all banded raptors outside of Orange County to the Bird Banding Laboratory at: http://www.reportband.gov/
Color- banded Hawks:
Please be on the look-out for color-banded Red-tailed and Cooper's Hawks which were banded in the fall of 2013 by the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory.
Banded Snowy Plovers:
Information on how to read the color bands on a Snowy Plover can be found on the following page. BandedSNPL.pdf .
Report all color banded Snowy Plovers found here in Orange or San Diego Counties to Cheryl Egger at: Report all color banded Snowy Plovers found elsewhere to the Bird Banding Laboratory at: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/
Banded Turkey Vultures:
Information on banded (tagged) Turkey Vultures and where to report sightings.
Banded Black Skimmers:
If you see any banded Black Skimmers, send your information to Kathy Molina at: (This page tells you where and when the birds were banded, what to look for, and exactly what information is needed.)

Banded Brown Pelicans

If you see a Brown Pelican with a blue band on its leg, note the number on the band (it will be a letter and a 2-digit number) and the location and condition of the bird. Then please contact the IBR (International Bird Rescue) with this information. You can report your findings on their website at: http://www.Bird-Rescue.org or by calling 707-207-0380 ext. 7.
Banded Caspian Terns:
If you see Caspian Terns with colorful leg bands (could be up to 3 bands on each leg), send the info to:
Banded California Gulls:
Info needed on CA Gulls with a pale blue plastic band over the standard silver band on the left leg.
Banded Whimbrels & Hudsonian Godwits:
Info needed on color-flagged Whimbrels & Hudsonian Godwits
4-letter bird banders' code:
For information on the 4-letter bird banders' code, visit the following website:

Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963