The Ornithological Council and the North American Banding Council were among the organizations represented on a federal advisory committee appointed by the U.S. Geological Survey to “ensure the BBL was guided by a clear vision for the future.” The Directors requested that the Secretary of the Department of the Interior establish a Federal Advisory Committee composed of representatives from the broad bird-banding community, from both public and private sectors, to define a vision for the BBL and to identify priority actions that should be taken to ensure BBL excellence into the 21st century. The committee report, published in 2008 http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/circ1320/>, set out guidance for a BBL that would facilitate banding and the archiving and use of banding data. Encompassed in the report were a number of strong recommendations regarding the BBL’s routine functions, such as the issuance of permits.
Our organizations would now like your assistance in helping us to determine the extent to which the BBL is achieving the recommendations made by the federal advisory committee. Please take a moment to visit our Survey Monkey to answer a few brief questions. You need not provide your name or any other identifying information unless you wish to do so. All specific answers will be held strictly confidential.
If you have any questions please feel free to follow-up with the following with us directly.
Ellen Paul (Executive Director, Ornithological Council): firstname.lastname@example.org
John Alexander (Chair, North American Banding Council): email@example.com
CJ Ralph (Vice-chair, North American Banding Council): firstname.lastname@example.org