Fiona is Banded and Tagged

Looking back at some old photos of Fiona the other day, and I saw something I’d not noticed before. She has been banded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the silver band on her right leg and a bi-color band of what looks like black over green.

“Peregrine Falcons are fitted with metal leg bands to provide researchers with valuable data on peregrine survival rates, dispersal distances, and population growth rates. The standard leg band for Peregrines is a silver metal band issued by the federal Bird Banding Lab. The band is inscribed with a unique 9 digit code that allows birds to be identified during future resights or captures. A second bi-color band is fitted on the falcon’s opposite leg and includes a field-readable alpha-numeric code.”

For more information, please visit: The Center for Conservation Biology