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1.15. I found a dead bird with a band/ring. I saw a banded/ringed or marked bird. What do I do?




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This article is from the Birds FAQ, by Lanny Chambers with numerous contributions by others.

1.15. I found a dead bird with a band/ring. I saw a banded/ringed or marked bird. What do I do?

Prepare the following information (indicate any unknown items with a "?"):


+ Species of bird
+ Color of band
+ Code on band (exactly as it appears on the band)
+ Location (direction and distance to the nearest town, or latitude and
longitude to the nearest minute if possible)
+ Date of sighting
+ Name and address of observer; include other contact information if
desired


More suggestions appear below.

Report sightings of small Canada Geese with 3-character orange or red
collars, as well as White-fronted Geese, Ross' Geese, or Lesser Snow
Geese with collars of any color to:


Dick Kerbes
Canadian Wildlife Service
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0X4
CANADA

Phone: +1 306 975 4111
Fax: +1 306 975 4089
E-mail: richard.kerbes@ec.gc.ca


Dick writes: "We handle re-sightings of neckbanded geese related to the
international project within the Arctic Goose Joint Venture. This covers
geese which were neckbanded, 1987 to 1995, in Arctic Canada, Alaska, and
Siberia," as described above. He also notes that in 3-character collars,
"The 3-character code has the first character upright, the second
two horizontal, when viewed with the goose's head up."

Report sightings of geese with blue collars to


Margie Mitchell
Migratory Bird Management Office USFWS
608 Cherry Street Rm. 119
Columbia, Missouri
USA


You may also send her reports of orange collars.

Do not report sightings of geese with 4-character neck collars to Donald
Rusch. He is no longer handling them. Send them to the Canadian Wildlife
Service (above) or the Bird Banding Lab (below).

Report sightings of color-banded shorebirds to:


Dr. Cheri Gratto-Trevor
Pan American Shorebird Program
Canadian Wildlife Service
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, Sask. S7N 0X4
Canada
Fax: +1 306 975 4089
E-mail: Cheri.Gratto-Trevor@ec.gc.ca


Otherwise, for birds found in the U.S., send the band or a description of
it, along with a description of the bird and the date and location of the
encounter, to:


Bird Banding Lab
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beach Forest Rd
Laurel, Maryland 20708-4037
USA
In the U.S., call toll-free 1-800-327-BAND


They may be able to help with banded birds found in Canada.

Troy Gordon provides this advice:

"Information to include in the report if available:

+ Colors of the collar and the symbols on it
+ Symbols on collar
+ Date, time and location (direction to nearest town, county, state)
+ Number of geese in flock
+ Other collars seen in flock
+ Activity of flock (grazing, swimming, loafing, etc)


"If observations are over several days, weeks or months, give the total
length of time the goose was seen at that location.

"Please send a written report, rather than calling! The Bird Banding Lab
is not staffed to deal with calls, and a written report can be forwarded
to the correct researcher."



 

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