*** NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION POLICY ***
2103 - BIRD
Issued January 1, 1977
The banding of birds is an accepted and highly useful research tool for wildlife management. The States and Federal Government cooperate closely in this effort.
Bird banding shall be regarded as a useful and necessary part of the Department's research effort, and close coordination with the proper agencies in the Federal Government shall be maintained in this respect.
1. Michigan Department of Natural Resources bands are to be used only on non-migratory game birds (pheasants, grouse, quail, Hungarian partridge, turkeys, etc.).
2. State bands may be furnished upon request to private individuals who mark wild-trapped or pen-reared non-migratory game birds (to be released on lands other than shooting preserves) for experimental purposes or as a public service.
3 . Banding of birds at field trials is to be discouraged except for special investigations. In these cases, banding must be done by Wildlife Division staff.
4. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service bands are to be used only on migratory game and non-game birds.
5. Discretion should be used in banding migratory non-game birds, keeping in mind the benefits that might or might not accrue.
Procedure is contained in Wildlife Division manual - No. 34.