Banding projects designed to study epic hemispheric journeys of migratory shorebirds have been underway since the mid 1990s. In recent years, various species have been marked with leg flags bearing three-character codes (for example, ABC, A1C) allowing identification of individuals with spotting scopes. The combination of banding and resighting data allows greater understanding of the habitat uses and needs of shorebirds, many of which are imperiled.
Your resightings count! Go to www.bandedbirds.org to learn resighting techniques, and then click on Report Resighting to enter your data. These reports are added directly to an active database maintained by a consortium of research groups. Obtain immediate feedback about the known journey of the specific bird(s) you have resighted. Whether yours is the first report or one of many for a single individual, each resighting contributes to our ability to conserve these species.