NYSDEC needs your help finding duck banding sites!
Every year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, cooperating federal agencies and dedicated volunteers take to the field throughout the state to capture and band waterfowl. Annually, over 8,000 game birds are banded in NY and the data is used by biologists throughout the Atlantic Flyway to better understand harvest, movement patterns, and survival of the common breeding waterfowl species(mallards, wood ducks, and black ducks).
Banding ducks during the late summer/early fall can be quite difficult because birds are more spread out across the landscape and there is an abundance of natural foods. Finding suitable banding sites, close to office locations, is especially difficult. Because of these hurdles, DEC is asking for your help!
We are requesting your assistance in one of three ways:
1) identifying banding locations and obtaining permission to band
2) baiting banding sites – baiting sites involves visiting the wetland daily or every other day to put down bait
The ideal bait sites have the following characteristics:
1) Secure – an area where the trap will not be disturbed by people
2) Easy to access – often the traps are awkward to carry or heavy, having locations with vehicle access close to the wetland is important
3) Few or no Canada geese – like ducks, geese love corn and other popular baits for duck traps
4) Not a popular September Canada goose hunting area - our preference will be to run the trap through mid-September and we do not want to interfere with waterfowl hunting opportunities; trapping involves baiting the site and the area would be considered baited under federal regulations
We are looking for banding locations in the following areas:
If you think a wetland you own or can help obtain permission on fits the above description and is located in one of the areas highlighted in green (above) - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! In the e-mail, please include your name, contact information, and the street address or description of the wetlands location. Someone from our staff will follow up with you and determine if the site is suitable for banding.
Thank you for your time and help!
The NYSDEC Migratory Game Bird Team