Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | February 23, 2011

Results of 2 Banded Snow Geese findings – they’re Canadian, eh?

I received my certificates from The North American Bird Banding Program for two of the four Snow Geese I spotted at Forsythe (Brig) on Sunday.  I always love it when I find banded birds because I am so intrigued by the trek many of them make.

The certificates are emailed and contain information about the banded birds you have reported.  I think its interesting that two of the birds I reported are females banded 2 days apart back in August 2009 in SW BYLOT ISLAND, Nunavut, Canada (which is waaayyyyy up in Northern Canada) and are still together – “hanging out” in New Jersey two years later!!!

The certs are attached to an email containing the following text:

The North American Bird Banding Program

Bird 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 Knowlege 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 1-800-327-BAND

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