Seen a banded bird? Report it here
Since 2009, all released Brown Pelican patients are banded with special, highly readable blue bands to aid in sighting and reporting. More than 1200 pelicans have been banded since this program started.
Use this form page to report Blue-banded Brown Pelicans, Red-banded Snowy Egrets, and White-banded Black-crowned Night-Herons. *Note* on Brown Pelican bands: the blue bands that we use have with a single letter and two numbers, ex. A44, 4A4. Only reports for one of our color band programs should be made using this form.
For more info on our banding programs as well as other notable banding programs in California and the U.S., please visit our Banding Program page. You can also report metal alloy banded birds directly to the USGS Bird Banding Lab (BBL).
Please note: If the bird you have seen is injured, please follow the instructions on the found a bird page for getting the bird to an appropriate rehabilitator or finding the appropriate contact to get help for the bird.
Thank you to all the citizen scientists who have made this program a success.