Ontario Bird Banding Association



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Ontario Bird Banding Association
is Canada's oldest banding organization. OBBA is a non-profit, membership-driven and inclusive organization representing the interests of all amateur and 'professional' bird banders across Ontario, from organized bird observatories and academic institutions to educational and rehab banders.

Next Annual General Meeting is February 27, 2016 at Bird Studies Canada headquarters in Port Rowan.

Download 2014 Journal (pdf)
Download Spring 2016 newsletter (pdf)
Download Winter 2016 newsletter (pdf)
Download Fall 2015 newsletter (pdf)

Download Winter 2015 newsletter (pdf)
Download Membership survey(word doc)
Links to archived newsletters and journals can be found on the publications page


OBBA's Objectives are:

  • The study of ornithology, especially by means of banding and other marking techniques

  • The promotion of ornithological investigations and the publication of scientific and educational papers pertaining to those subjects, particularly within the Province of Ontario

  • Cooperation with organizations with similar objectives

Among its many accomplishments, in 1960 OBBA proudly founded Long Point Bird Observatory, North America's first Bird Observatory, which has evolved into Bird Studies Canada. OBBA has also assisted in the establishment of, and retains close ties with, several other bird observatories in Ontario.


The Ontario Bird Banding Association provides a forum for communication among Ontario's banders and those interested in the results of such work. It encourages the training of new banders, serves as a liaison among Ontario's established bird observatories and sponsors special banding projects.

OBBA publishes a Newsletter three times a year that keeps members informed of current events and activities and includes short articles and reports. The Association's annual journal, Ontario Bird Banding, includes reports from Ontario's bird observatories and other articles on banding and recoveries.

The Association holds an annual meeting featuring keynote speakers and reports from bird observatories throughout Ontario. OBBA works closely with the Bird Banding Office of the Canadian Wildlife Service and with established bird observatories on technical and regulatory matters.