BCA (in a nutshell)

Banding Coalition of the Americas is a 501 (c) (3) organization that is volunteer operated and is supported by the public to make our research and outreach goals possible. Founded in 2020, we strive to keep our mentors' legacy alive for years to come.

Mission Statement 

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird recaptured by Emma Rhodes  in September 2019 at Fort Morgan, Alabama. This bird was originally banded in Massachusetts.

BCA is dedicated to avian research and outreach. By employing banding and cutting-edge tracking techniques, our goal is to connect the dots of birds’ lives to fully understand their life cycles for conservation. 

Bird banding is a federally permitted activity in which a bird is captured, data is collected, and a serial-numbered lightweight band is affixed around the bird's leg before the bird is released. It allows us to collect important data on the lives of birds.

We believe we can achieve better knowledge of bird migration connectivity by building better connections throughout the Americas including Central and South America.


To understand the complexity of migratory birds, one must study their full annual cycle (i.e. breeding, non-breeding, and migratory range). We make it our mission to enhance people’s knowledge of birds through scientific outreach and education. We achieve

this by offering public bird bandings and sharing our work with the general public. We believe by taking these actions, we can better conserve the species we love for generations to come.

We are federally licensed/permitted which allows us to conduct our research. All photographs were taken under proper permits and procedures.

Meet The Team


Emma Rhodes

Co-founder of BCA

Director of Conservation & Scientific Research 

Master Bander

PhD student at Auburn University


Kyle Shepard

Co-founder of BCA

Director of Public Relations & Outreach


Sub-permitted Bander

Owner and operator of Shepard Services LLC.


Julia Elliott

Director at Large

Master Bander

Co-owner of Bird Watcher Supply Co. (Georgia)