International Owl Awareness Day

Fun Fact: There are over 200 species of owls in the world

Banded owl for International Owl Awareness Day

This Sunday, August 4th is International Owl Awareness Day! NB&T is celebrating with the top 10 oldest banded owls according to the “USGS Bird Banding Laboratory’s Longevity Records of North American Birds“. According to the Bird Banding Lab, the oldest banded owl is a 28-year-old Great Horned Owl, located in Ohio. It was banded on 3/9/1977 and encountered on 3/24/2005. This Great Horned Owl was found with an injury and placed into captivity. On our oldest banded bird list, the 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th oldest birds are also Great Horned Owls. Other species on the top 10 list include Barred Owl, Snowy Owl, Northern Spotted Owl, and Great Gray Owl.USGS Owl chart

National Band & Tag Company manufacturers metal leg bands that are also used to band owls. Different types of research and conservation organizations will band owls to monitor the population, mating, movement, diet, etc. so that they can better improve their conservation efforts. Many species of owls that are endangered or threated is due to loss of environment. Owls are important for the environment because they help control rodent populations.

Have you ever encountered a banded owl? Share your story in the comments section below or join the conversation on social media by using  #InternationalOwlAwarenessDay.

 

 

 

What do turtles and boats have in common?

They both wear tags!

This week (May 18th – 24th)  is National Safe Boating Week and Tomorrow, May 23rd is World Turtle Day. We are celebrating both holidays today with our HIN Tags and Sea Turtle Tags.

National Safe Boating Week is a program of the National Safe Boating Council to promote boating and life jacket safety. This campaign kicks off the weekend before Memorial Day when a lot of people will take to the water. Before you dust off those water skis this Memorial Day, also take the time to make sure your HIN (Hull Identification Number) Tag is up to date on your boat! HIN Tags are required by the Coast Guard, and our stainless steel HIN Tags will keep you up to date.

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HIN Tag

Sticking with our water theme, up next is World Turtle Day! Sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue, this day is used to  as an annual observance to help people protect and celebrate turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Sea turtle conservationist use NB&T turtle tags to track and research sea turtles. Our tags are made from a durable incoloy material that stands up to salt water and won’t hurt the turtle.

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Turtle Tag
Photo Courtesy of Reef Doctor

National Band & Tag will be Closed Monday May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day. We hope everyone has a happy and safe weekend.

Wild Things – Tagging Sea Turtles

On the popular Travel Channel TV show, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, the episode, “Paradise in Palau” (Published April 24, 2016), featured Dominic diving into the ocean to help the Palau Conservation Society Sea Turtle Division capture and tag a sea turtle. We were very excited to see that they used National Band & Tag’s Inconel sea turtle tag to I.D. the turtle on tv!

Learn more about tagging sea turtles and other conservation agencies that have used our sea turtle tags (Style 681IC).

National Wildlife Day

Today, February 22nd is National Wildlife Day! Also celebrated on September 4th, the 22nd was added to honor the memory and birthday of wildlife conservationist, Steve Irwin.

National Wildlife Day was created to bring awareness of endangered animals that need to be preserved and rescued from their diminishing populations. This day is also used to acknowledge zoos and animal sanctuaries for everything they do to help preserve this planet’s animals and educate the public about conservation. National Wildlife Day is celebrated on two dates, to double the effort to help bring awareness of the plight of wild animals around the globe. NWD encourages wildlife lovers to stand up and fight for animals that need a voice, to visit their local zoo and donate what they can to make a difference in the lives endangered animals lives.

National Band & Tag is excited to celebrate today by recognizing all our conservation, zoo, and sanctuary customers! The research and conservation efforts that our customers make is inspiring, and we are happy to know that they use our products to help make a difference. We have had the opportunity to meet a lot of these great people the past two years at The Wildlife Society Conference, and we are excited to get to work with more conservationists in the future to meet all their identification needs.

Learn more about National Wildlife Day here: http://www.nationalwildlifeday.com/

Promotional Waterfowl Bands

In the Ducks Unlimited article, 15 Great Places to Hunt Waterfowl it lists top cities and areas in the United States and Canada to hunt all different species of waterfowl, such as mallards, Canadian geese, pintails, green-winged teal, mottled ducks, and more.

If your business is in the hunting industry and located in one of these popular waterfowl areas, try promoting your business with customized, promotional waterfowl leg bands! Have your company’s name, website, phone number etc. stamped on the band and hand them out to your customers to help spread the word and get repeat customers year after year. These fun souvenir bands make great giveaways for out of town people visiting to hunt. Customers can place the waterfowl leg bands on their lanyards and always have a reminder of your business.

Our style 1242-14 is the style used for mallard ducks, and a style 1242-28 is used on geese for those who want to be authentic. Otherwise our style 1242-24 is a popular size for promotional lanyard bands. All of our sizes and colors that are available can be viewed here.

Order today to have your customized bands in time for the upcoming season!

The Easter Bunny has an Earring?

Did you know that we manufacture rabbit ear tags? These ear tags are used on rabbits for different research, breeding and conservation purposes. NB&T offers a few different types of ear tags for rabbits, two of our most popular styles are a thin metal tag with an aluminum or plastic washer (style #1841), or a self-piercing ear tag (style 893). Other styles include the style 1005-1 for small rabbits, or the 1005-3 and 1005-4 for larger rabbits. Your tag style and material may vary depending on the species and environments the rabbits are in.

An alternative method for tagging rabbits in the ear, or any large eared animal. is accomplished by first folding the ear in half. Next, locate the piercing point of the tag, half of the tag’s length, down on the folded ear, allowing the other half of the tag length to remain clear. Now pierce through both halves of the ear with a single squeeze of the applicator. This will result in two incisions in the ear. Simply pull the ear back up and the tag will now be located securely in the center of the ear with the number facing out at all times.

National Band & Tag will be closed on Friday, March 30th, for Good Friday. Business will resume on Monday April 2nd.

Metal Self Piercing Tags

National Band & Tag’s self-piercing tags are usually used as ear tags, but they can also go on wings, flippers, fins and more. The first row of tags below is made from steel, and are typically used as ear tags for livestock. We offer smaller sizes for sheep and goats (style 505), medium sizes for swine and deer (styles 621, 62, 681), and larger sizes for cattle (styles 49 and 56).

The second row of tags are made from Monel, except for the 681IC which is made from Inconel. (Not shown: 1005-681). These tags are used for wildlife conservation and research purposes. Monel is a metal that has excellent corrosion resistance that performs well in rapid flowing freshwater and salt water, while Inconel is oxidation and corrosion resistant, and will withstand pressure and heat. The smallest size we offer is the style 1005-1 for mice, the largest size we offer is the 1005-56 for large animals such as deer and elk, and we have everything in between. Our special Inconel tag, 681IC is for Sea Turtles and other animals that live in salt water.

Sizes 681 and up have the option of both Steel or Monel. All self-piercing tags require an applicator to completely close and be tamper-resistant. The pointed end of the tag will pierce the ear when you are closing it, so a hole does not have to be pre-made.

Ear Tags for Research and Wildlife Conservation Purposes

cute animals with tagsIdentification tags are an important part of researching animals so that they can be identified if recaptured. Most people recognize our self-piercing tags as ear tags for mice, rats, and livestock, but our customers use the Monel 1005 series on a variety of animals that you may not have thought of for different wildlife conservation and research purposes.

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Check out different animals our customers have tagged:

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  • Prairie Dogs
  • Deer Mice
  • Quokkas
  • Voles
  • Hedge Hogs
  • Pikas
  • Degus
  • Chipmunks
  • Banner Tailed Kangaroo Rats
  • Ferrets
  • Red Squirrels
  • Flying Squirrels
  • White Footed Mouse
  • Brown Lemming
  • Franklin’s Ground Squirrel
  • Montane Grass Mouse

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  • Fox Squirrels
  • Antelope Jackrabbits
  • American Beavers
  • Racoon Dogs
  • Red Squirrels
  • Gray Squirrels
  • Marmots
  • Badgers
  • Common Brushtail Possums
  • Rock-Wallabies
  • Tammar Wallabies
  • Porcupines
  • Skunks
  • Snowshoe Hares

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  • Pygmy rabbits
  • Racoons
  • Wolverines

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  • Red Foxes
  • Alligators
  • Fur Seals

681IC (Inconel Material)

  • Green Turtles
  • Black Sea Turtles
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Leatherback Turtles
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle
  • Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
  • Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
  • Flatback Sea Turtle

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  • Moose
  • Crocodiles
  • White-Tailed Deer
  • Crabeater Seals
  • Ross Seals

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  • Roosevelt Elk
  • Mule Deer

Marcaje de tortugas marinas

sea turtle tag 1¡Se acerca la estación de marcaje! ¿Ya su organización ordenó las marcas para las tortugas? Recomendamos nuestro estilo 681IC fabricadas con Inconel, que es una aleación de metales que resiste años en el agua de mar. Esta placa es puntiaguda, lo cual permite traspasar la dura piel de las aletas, sin necesidad de hacer una incisión previa. Estas placas pueden estamparse hasta con tres líneas de texto y numeradas con hasta 6 dígitos consecutivos.

¿No está seguro de como marcar tortugas? Las siguientes guías son proporcionadas por www.seaturtle.org:

¿Donde debería colocar la placa?

Tortugas de Caparazón duro: La mayoría de las personas colocan la marca en el borde interno de las aletas delanteras. Para minimizar la posibilidad de pérdida de marcas, deberían colocarse próxima a  la axila. Hay una escama gruesa en la cara interna de la aleta delantera, adyacente a la axila. Regularmente se coloca la placa a través de esta escama gruesa o en la zona adyacente a ella. En el caso de tortugas grandes, esta escama suele ser excesivamente gruesa, por lo que se recomienda colocarla adyacente a la misma. La mejor posición de la marca dependerá de la especie, la localidad geográfica y del el criterio de quién realice el marcaje.

Ocasionalmente se colocan las marcas en la cara interna de la aleta trasera. Esto se hace por dos razones: para minimizar la posibilidad de que las placas se enreden en las redes de pesca y para maximizar la permanencia de la placa. Estas son consideraciones importantes, sin embargo, las placas traseras son mas difíciles de ver, particularmente cuando se monitorean las hembras anidando. Si usted decide colocar las placas en las aletas traseras, haga pública su decisión de manera que los observadores estén al tanto y revisen las las aletas traseras tambien.

Tortugas Laúd: Debido a que los bordes de las aletas delanteras de estas tortugas son facilmente rasgados, la mayoría de las personas no colocan estas placas allí para individuos de esta especie. En cambio las marcas se colocan en la piel entre la cola y la aleta trasera.

Independientmente de la especie de tortuga que se esté marcando, deje siempre espacio entre el borde interno de la placa y el borde de la aleta para permitir el crecimiento. Se recomienda que este espacio sea de entre 15y 30% de la longitud total de la placa cerrada.

Aqui hay algunas fotos de tortugas marcadas que nuestros clientes nos han enviado. Si usted quisiera enviarnos alguna, puede enviarlas aqui.

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Sea Turtle Flipper Tags

sea turtle tag 1It’s almost turtle tagging season! Has your organization ordered their Sea Turtle Flipper Tags yet? We recommend our style 681IC, self-piercing turtle tag because it is made of an Inconel material that will last for years in salt water. Sea turtle tags are available stamped with up to 3 lines of text and up to a 6-digit consecutive number.

Not sure how to tag your turtles? The following tagging guidelines are provided by www.SeaTurtle.org

Where should the flipper tags be placed?

Hard Shelled Turtles: Most people place the tags on the trailing edge of the front flippers. To minimize the chance of tag loss, you should try to place the tag closer rather than further from the axilla (the armpit). There is a thickened scale on the trailing edge of the front flipper, immediately adjacent to the axilla. Most place the tag either through this thickened scale or adjacent to it. In the case of large turtles, the flipper near this scale may be too thick and hence the tag should be applied in the skin adjacent to the scale, either towards the axilla or away from it. The best location will depend on species, geographic location, and who is doing the tagging.

Some place tags on the trailing edges of the rear flippers. This is done for two reasons: to minimize the chances the tags will cause entanglement in nets and to maximize the retention of the tag. These are important considerations. However, tags on the rear flippers are more difficult to see, particularly in the case of nesting female sea turtles. If you decide to place flipper tags on the rear flippers, you should try to maximize the publicity about your choice of tag placement, to ensure that distant observers will also check the rear flippers.

Leatherback sea turtles: Because the trailing edges of the front flippers of leatherbacks are easily torn or ripped, most people do not place tags on the front flippers. Instead, flipper tags are placed in the skin between the tail and the rear flippers.

No matter the species of turtle, always be sure to leave some room (about 15-30% of the length of the closed tag) between the tag and the trailing edge of the flipper to allow for continued growth of the flipper.

Here are some pictures of tagged turtles provided by NB&T’s customers. If you would like to submit a picture from your organization, you can send us your pictures here.

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What bands and tags do you sell the most?

At NB&T we offer hundreds of bands and tags to choose from, all in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. We sell tags to various industries, including, but not limited to: poultry, cattle, lab animal research, companion animals, wildlife conservation and industrial applications.

With so many different tags to choose from, we took a poll amongst our customer service representatives and asked, “What bands and tags do you sell the most?”

(These numbers are not a true representation of our sales overall, but show what our customer service reps get the most phone calls about).

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Upcoming Trade Shows

National Band & Tag will be exhibiting at two conservation trade shows this winter, one in January and one in February. If you are attending either of these shows, make sure to stop by NB&T’s booth and meet our team!

85th annual North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) Educational Conference and Convention

  • January 23rd – 25th
  • Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • NB&T’s featured product for the show – The Pinless Peepers!
  • NAGA Mission Statement:
    • The North American Gamebird Association’s mission is to protect, promote and sustain a positive environment in which game bird producers and hunting preserve operators can grow their businesses through monitoring and influencing of legislation, informing and educating our members on current industry trends and issues, and promoting and sustaining our hunting heritage through increased public awareness.

41st annual National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Convention and Sport Show:

  • February 15th – 19th
  • Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Booth #1323
  • NB&T’s featured product for the show – Butt-End Bands!
  • NWTF Mission Statement:
    • The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

 

The Bird is the Word

We love seeing pictures from customers of our tags in use, which is why #BirdBanding is one of NB&T’s favorite hashtags on Twitter! We saw lots of tweets this past year of people sharing their bird banding adventures, whether it be collecting data for research, educating others about birds or sharing their banding accomplishments. After going through old tweets, we narrowed it down to NB&T’s top 10 favorite bird banding tweets from 2016!

 

10.) Check out the yellow on this Warbler’s belly! This is also a great demonstration of a bird bander’s hold.

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9.) How could we not love this awesome pictures showing the wide berth of sizes that we offer, all about to go into action on multiples species?

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8.) Bands are used often for tracking purposes, epically in migratory birds like geese! This is a great shot of the applicator being used to put the band on.

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7.) Another use of bands is to label the hatch year, or the year they were born, to help track age down the road.

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6.) It’s a huge accomplishment getting your first Peregrine Falcon! This bird of prey is the fastest bird in the world with the highest recorded speed being over 200 MPH.

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5.) We always enjoy when people find their jobs to be fun! And cranking out 150 banded geese is impressive.

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4.) We get to see lots of pictures of smaller birds, ducks and geese banded, so this Green Heron is quite the treat!

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3.) Look at those little feet indeed! This is a great example of a band on a string versus the band on the actual bird. Thanks PA Deer Research for all your great pictures.

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2.) We always enjoy when children get to learn about birds and other wildlife. Getting to hear the heart rate of a bird is quite the opportunity!

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1.) The US Fish and Wildlife tweeted a blog post that is extremely informational about bird banding. How it works, the history of it, the oldest banded bird, reporting found bands and information on how you too can become a bander. https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2016/9/6/Birdbanding

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Don’t forget to follow National Band & Tag on Twitter!

Critters of the Night

Halloween is next week! Have you noticed any spooky animals out and about? If so, see if they have a NB&T band or tag! We manufacture bands and tags for all kinds of animals including some nocturnal Halloween favorites such as:

504501Black Cats – Styles 501 and 504 can be used as rabies or license tags for cats.
1005-1Rats – Style 1005-1 is used as an ear tag for mice, rats, and other small animals.
1242-14 owl bandOwls – Style 1242-14 is used specifically for barn owls, but we offer other sizes for bigger or smaller owl species.
bat tags 1243-2Bats – Style 1243-2 is crimped over the wing of the bat.
1005-4 raccoon tagRaccoons – Style 1005-4 is used as an ear tag for medium sized animals.

 

Happy Halloween from all of us here at National Band & Tag!
We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween.

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Our Favorite Tags

Here at NB&T we have hundreds of styles of tags to choose from, so we asked some of our family members and employees, “what is your favorite tag style and why?”

 

Product_137Faye (President): Style 137 – “The 1-1/4” inch circle is my favorite because it has so many uses and is a top seller. It is used across multiple product categories such as rabies tags, industrial tags and tree tags.
ProductTemplate_BUTT-END BANDS1242Billie (Sales Representative): Style 1242 – “The Butt-End Bands are my favorite because they can be used for other things besides leg bands for waterfowl, such as wire markers, jewelry, and business cards.”
dog boneAndi (Graphics & Web Manager): Style 165 – “The large dog bone is my favorite because it is on my dog and I get to see it every day!”
black tree tagKevin (Laser Etching Manager): Style 14 ­– “The rectangle with rounded edges is one of my favorite because it can go on almost anything and it can vary in size to fit customer’s needs. I also get to laser etch this style a lot.”
sea turtle tag - 681ICAnne Marie (Bilingual Sales Representative): Style 681IC – “The sea turtle tag is my favorite because it is strong and can last in harsh environments like salt water. I also like supporting sea turtle conservation.”
millenium falcon tagAlex (IT): Style 148 – “It looks like the Millennium Falcon.”
rat tagKelsey (Sales Representative):  Style 503 – “The mouse shaped tag is my favorite because it reminds me of my pet rat.”
apron tagSarah (Sales Representative): Style 2351AT – “The plastic apron tags are my new favorite because they are new and exciting product line. They are different from other tags we do and I like working with them.”
small animal ear tagsPablo (Shipping): Style 1005-1 – “The small animal ear tag is my favorite because it is something I pack, ship and handle every day.”
heart tagAli (Marketing Specialist): Style 398 – “This is my favorite of the seven heart shapes because it looks the most like a heart and it is versatile. It can be a pet tag, promotional tag, used for weddings and more.”

Migratory Bird Treaty

August 16, 2016 marks the centennial (100th year) of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds – known as the Migratory Bird Treaty. Three other treaties were signed shortly thereafter with Japan, Russia and Mexico. The Migratory Bird Treaty, the three additional treaties and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are the cornerstones of efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders.

migratory bird treaty logoThis act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations.

Many of these migratory birds may be found wearing one of National Band’s bird bands. We produce a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors to accommodate the tracking of these migratory birds.

Centennial Campaign Goals:

Create awareness about the importance of migratory bird conservation by encouraging news media stories about treaty achievements, migratory birds, and habitat conservation, and connecting people to migratory bird conservation via social media.

Promote key actions that anyone can take to help birds. This includes participating in citizen science programs such as bird counts; expanding property and homeowner use of bird-friendly practices such as lights out programs, reducing collisions, and maintaining wildlife-friendly gardens; and increasing sales of the Federal Duck Stamp, which protects habitat for migratory birds.

Increase support for migratory bird conservation programs and initiatives by strengthening national and international partnerships and increasing knowledge and understanding of key legislation for migratory birds.

Expand opportunities for engagement in activities such as bird watching, hunting, and conservation, including bird-focused programs and festivals.

To learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act check out:

https://www.fws.gov/birds/mbtreaty100/

NB&T at Trade Shows

It’s one our favorite times of the year again, Trade Show Time! We attend trade shows for different industries and products throughout the year, but between January and February we will be exhibiting at 4 shows! If you are attending any of the shows or conventions below, be sure to stop by and see us.

NAGA logo2016 will be NAGA’s 84th Annual Conference. Their mission is “to protect, promote and sustain a positive environment in which game bird producers and hunting preserve operators can grow their businesses through monitoring and influencing of legislation, informing and educating our members on current industry trends and issues, and promoting and sustaining our hunting heritage through increased public awareness.”

IPPE 4c LogoThe International Production and Processing Expo, is also known as the International Poultry Expo. “Hailed as the largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, the show focuses on Innovation, Education, Global Reach and Networking”

NWTF logo2016 will be the NWTF’s 40th annual convention. “The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.” is the NWTF’s 10-year initiative to:

  1. Conserve or enhance 4 million acres of critical upland habitat
  2. Create 1.5 million hunters
  3. Open access to 500,000 additional acres for hunting”

pheasants forever logoPheasants Forever teams up with Quail Forever to put on the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic each year. “Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.”

Which event will you be attending?

 

White Nose Syndrome – Bat Tags

fruit batDid you know, bats are crucial to our ecosystem, without them the insect population would grow out of control, and ecosystem balance would be completely thrown off? Many species of bats have been put on the endangered species list with the Indiana bats’ population dwindling down to just a few caves in the country. A contributor to the dwindling of the bat population is White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome (WNS) causes bats to grow a white fungus on the skin of the muzzle, ears, and wings. This fungus causes the bats to come out of hibernation in the winter and is detrimental to bat populations, as bats cannot survive in the winter with the cold temperatures and lack of food. The infected and healthy bats have to be tracked and carefully monitored to make sure the populations do not suffer further.

At National Band and Tag Company, we manufacture tags for bats, which help in the process of identifying non-infected bats. Our bat tags are light weight tags that bends over the wing and don’t pierce the membrane. Click the image below to learn more.

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Gone Fishin’ – Fish Tags

For many people who are avid fishermen or just like to fish recreationally, the summer is their favorite season; the fish are abundant and biting while the weather is nice and warm. As it gets hotter, the lake starts to sound pretty good or waking up in the cool mornings to go cast when the fish are biting.

How does National Band and Tag fit into this picture?

fish tagWe make fish bands and tags to help track the fish populations, especially when it comes to recreational fishing. The fish populations in different lakes/ bodies of water are crucial to that ecosystem. Banding the fish with fish tags helps to make sure the fish populations stay in the desired range to help maintain balance in the different ecosystems. Notify park rangers/ people in charge of the area you fish in when you catch a fish with a tag or band to help track fish populations!

 

 

Sea Turtle Conservation

The Endangered Species Act states that all six species of sea turtles living in U.S. waters are either endangered or threatened, and need to be protected. Sea turtle season is upon us as the weather starts to warm up and sea turtles start to nest. Peak nesting times are from June to July and one of the best times for researchers to tag female turtles is after they have laid their eggs on the beach. Researchers use these tags to track migration patterns, population, nesting habits and more. The data collected helps to monitor and improve the conservation of sea turtles.

How can National Band & Tag Company help with sea turtle conservation?

We offer self-piercing tags that are made of Monel or our special 681IC style is also available in Inconel (Inconel is a family of austenite nickel-chromium-based superalloys.) The Inconel material stands up to the harsh salt water environment and is the perfect size for a turtle’s flipper. Sea turtle tags are usually stamped with a unique number on one side and a return address on the other side (so people can contact the researchers to report a tagged turtle).

How can you help? If you find a tagged turtle make sure to contact the address on the tag with as much information as possible. The number on the tag, the date you found it, how you found it, and the condition of the turtle are a few key pieces of information. Another way to help is to keep beaches clean of trash and to not interfere with nesting turtles or hatchlings.

sea turtle tagSea Turtle Tags – Style 1005-681