2009 Bald Eagle Banding by NJ Department of Fish and Wildlife staff.
ABOUT BANDING: As part of the Bald Eagle Monitoring Program, wildlife biologists collect data on young Bald eagles that are approximately 6 weeks of age. Experts take measurements, determine gender, examine the birds for overall health, take blood samples, etc. This information helps us to understand the health of the eagles and ultimately provide the best habitat possible, increasing their survival rates. After the health assessment, a lightweight band is applied around each leg. One band is a federal band (silver), and the other is a NJ band (green). These bands identify eagles should they be found and help biologists understand migration and foraging patterns as well as track longevity. Eagles are sensitive to human interaction, so timing is crucial and the exercise is performed with as much caution as possible, as led by the expert wildlife biologists.