Banded Snowy Plovers

You can help Western Snowy Plovers by keeping an eye out for tagged birds.

Western Snowy Plovers are sometimes tagged with color bands at multiple coastal locations by researchers. Resighting and reporting color banded birds provides critical information on the species survival and movement patterns and helps us learn how to better manage their populations. 

If you spot a bird with color bands on it’s legs, please record the following information and send it to the contact information below. You will hear back with information on the bird you spotted, including where it was from. Reporting color banded birds will help PRBO Conservation Science’s long term research on snowy plover populations and data also gets submitted to the National Bird Banding Laboratory. 

Snowy Plovers are typically banded with 2 plastic color bands on each leg – record the color combinations by leg, top to bottom (i.e. “right leg: blue over yellow”).

Site: (beach name, county, etc. – be as specific as possible)
Time of observation:
Number of plovers seen:
Number of birds checked for bands:
Color combination of bands on each leg: Left leg:    Right leg:
Did you see a USFWS silver band?
Observer name and contact information:
(a photo is also helpful if you took one)

Send sightings to:

Frances Bidstrup
PRBO Conservation Science
3820 Cypress Drive, Suite 11, Petaluma, CA. 94924
Snowy Plover mail to:
5020 Sierra Springs Drive, Pollock Pines, CA. 95726

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