1. A wildlife biologist places a metal band on a bird's foot or a plastic band on a bird's neck...
c. To help biologists track its movements as it migrates.
Believe it or not, biologists don't know everything about the animals they are managing. Many birds that we see in Wisconsin migrate across the North American continent to find food in the winter and to find a suitable place to raise their young in the spring. During their migration, birds will stop at many places along the way to rest and eat. By placing a numbered band on its leg or collar on its neck (as shown in the picture), volunteers, other biologists and even you can call in the band number to a central location and record observations of that bird. From these observations, we can tell the bird's preferred type of habitat along the route, measure its lifespan, and monitor growth and reproduction. This is jewelry with a purpose!
If you see a bird with a band on it, here's what you do:
When You See a Neck Collar
When You See a Leg Band
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