US Geological Survey


Summary and Analysis of the U.S. Government Bat Banding Program

Laura Ellison

Document Type Article

Published in Open-File Report 2008–1363, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.


This report is a summary of the Bat Banding Program (BBP) administered, coordinated, and maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey in the Department of Agriculture and its successor, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Department of the Interior from 1932 to 1972. Bands were issued and copies of the permanent records were maintained at the Bird and Mammal Laboratories, U.S. National Museum, Washington, D.C., during the active parts of the program (1932–72). Following various agency transfers within the Department of the Interior, the files and documentation for this program are currently maintained in the same location, but under the USGS, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Biological Survey Unit at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.