Eastern Bird Banding Association

IMG_1707[1]Published jointly by three North American banding organizations (Western Bird Banding Association, Inland Bird Banding Association and Eastern Bird Banding Association), NABB is our flagship publication and the premier source for American and Canadian bird banding related articles.   

Recent issues of NABB can be found following these links:

Volume 49 Number 1 Jan-Mar 2024

Volume 48 Number 4 Oct-Dec 2023

Volume 48 Numbers 2 & 3 Apr-Sep 2023

Volume 48 Number 1 Jan-Mar 2023

Volume 47 Number 4 Oct-Dec 2022

Volume 47 Number 3 Jul-Sep 2022

Volume 47 Number 1 & 2 Jan-Jun 2022

Volume 46 Number 3 & 4 Jul-Dec 2021

Volume 46 Number 1 & 2 Jan-Jun 2021

Volume 45 Number 4 Oct-Dec 2020

All issues of NABB (1976-2020) are accessible and free through the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive (SORA). 

Interested in submitting an article?  Suggestions to Authors can be found on this page.

Back issues can be purchased for $10.00 plus $3.00 shipping either online by clicking here or by contacting EBBA Publications Chair, Elaine Mease at measede@enter.net or 2366 Springtown Hill Road, Hellertown, PA  18055.

Some issues of NABB provide links to color photos.  The photos from Volume 38 No. 1 can be found here.  The photos accompanying Volume 38 No. 4 can be found by clicking here.  NABB Volume 40 No. 1‘s photos are in this link.

Other Publications


Relationships Among Body Mass, Fat, Wing Length, Age and Sex for 170 Species of Birds Banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve

EBBA’s first monograph!  This monograph summarizes and uses statistical analyses of large amounts of biological data on North American species of birds and is specifically designed to foster their use by other researchers. Hopefully, it will serve the needs of many researchers and encourage others who possess similar data to summarize and analyze them. (Funding was provided by the Eastern Bird Banding Association; additional funding  by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.)

The monograph contains 184 pages including appendices showing seasonal composition of samples of birds analyzed, summary of results of one-way ANOVAs for age and sex on body mass and wing length, wing length cutoffs based on birds sexed by physical evidence and indices by scientific and common names.

Copies are $15.00 plus $3.00 postage.  Please contact Elaine Mease (measede@enter.net  2366 Springtown Hill Road, Hellertown, PA  18055). You can now order this monograph online!  Click here!


TechniquesIntroduction to Bird Banding Techniques

Created by Frederick S. Schaeffer, and reviewed by George M. Jonkel of the Bird Banding Laboratory and Hannah B. Suthers who was First Vice President of EBBA in 1980,this guide provides guidelines for layout of a field station, banding equipment requirements, dealing with staff and visitors at the banding station, documentation, preparing data for analyses, and preparing a paper for publication along with clues to the identification, aging and sexing of the birds and suggested reading.

Copies are $4.00 plus $3.00 postage and can be ordered online by clicking here.  Please contact Elaine Mease (measede@enter.net 2366 Springtown Hill Road, Hellertown, PA  18055).

BIRD Manual

EBBA’S B.I.R.D. (Bander’s Information Resource Data) Manual

Published in April of 1977,  EBBA’s 85 page B.I.R.D. Manual is still an excellent collection of information and guidance for banders. This compilation of ideas, photographs, and papers previously presented by T. Muchler of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,  contains material that has not been addressed in later publications.

While the list of suppliers is no longer accurate, the descriptions for various traps (including measurements in diagrams), net setups, alternate methods of measurements, and species specific information make it a valuable resource. An extensive treatise on the topography of a bird and terminology (also dated) provides information not found in other sources. As an historical document it allows experienced banders to reminisce and, frequently, pick up information they forgot.

Copies are $5.00 plus $3.00 postage and can be ordered online by clicking here.  Please contact Elaine Mease at measede@enter.net (2366 Springtown Hill Road, Hellertown, PA  18055).