Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bird band update

So we reported the bird band (without the bird) that James recovered Saturday in our back yard with his new metal detector. As you can see (above), it was once attached to a white-winged dove. James received the certificate of appreciation and an email that read:

The North American Bird Banding ProgramBird banding is important for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. About 60 million birds representing hundreds of species have been banded in North America since 1904. About 4 million bands have been recovered and reported.

Data from banded birds are used in monitoring populations, setting hunting regulations, restoring endangered species, studying effects of environmental contaminants, and addressing such issues as Avian Influenza, bird hazards at airports, and crop depredations. Results from banding studies support national and international bird conservation programs such as Partners in Flight, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and Wetlands for the Americas.

The North American Bird Banding Program is under the general direction of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Cooperators include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mexico's National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity and Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources; other federal, state and provincial conservation agencies; universities; amateur ornithologists; bird observatories; nature centers; nongovernmental organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Audubon Society; environmental consulting firms and other private sector businesses. However, the most important partner in this cooperative venture is you, the person who voluntarily reported a recovered band. Thank you for your help.

U.S. Geological Survey
Canadian Wildlife Service

Please report bands at www.reportband.gov or call 800-327-BAND.

Meanwhile, I emailed Shaun, who's still with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as the migratory shore and upland game bird program manager. He thanked me for sending the information. Cool, eh?


Melody McMahon said...

So cool! It's an interesting way to find out where and when the bird was banded. Years ago I found a white winged dove that had died after flying into our kitchen door. What a surprise to find a band on its leg! I called the number and reported the find and was also happy to get an email with all the information about the banding. Good job with the metal detector James!

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

Did you keep the band, Melody? Where was your dove banded?

Melody McMahon said...

I wish I'd thought to keep it but I didn't and it was so long ago ( about 7 years ) I don't remember the details.

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