This Independence Day we want to celebrate by featuring bird bands for our national bird, the Bald Eagle. The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks, and because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.
For birds of prey, we recommend Rivet Bands so that the bird cannot pull it off with its break.
Bald Eagle: Size 8A or 9
Golden Eagle: Size 9, 9A or 9C
(These sizes are recommended from the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory and should only be used as a guide. NB&T is not responsible for incorrect sizes being ordered based on these recommendations.)
The silver Rivet Bands are usually attached to an eaglet’s leg while they are still young, but their legs are fully grown. The silver Rivet Bands are attached by US Fish and Wildlife services, while the colored band represents the individual bander or organization doing the research.
Have you seen a banded bald eagle? Learn more about reporting banded birds from The Center for Conservation Biology.