I always save this message as the issue comes up on a regular basis.

Hi All,

I lurk on the VTBirds list to "harvest" sightings for the North American
Birds autumn season report for New England (I am the co-editor for that
season). Without the Records of Vermont Birds reporting network this is just
about the only way I can see (admittedly raw) sighting info for Vermont
these days.

I thought the copied message below from the MDOsprey birding listerv from
Kathy Klimkiewicz of the U.S. Bird Banding Lab might prove helpful to folks
wanting to find out about color-marked birds from the Lab.

Copied message follows:
Just a reminder that bands and color markers should be reported to the Bird
Banding Laboratory either via the 1-800-323-BAND or our web reporting form
at<about:blank> (choose monitoring and then Bird Banding Laboratory
and how to report a band). If you are reporting a color marker such as
goose collars, give the collar and code colors and the codes plus species,
location, date, and your name and address for the Certificate of
Appreciation. Be patient with color marker sightings as these can take
quite a while to process especially if we have to contact the bander for a
band number.

Good birding!


Kathy Klimkiewicz, Biologist
12100 Beech Forest RD STE 4037
Laurel MD 20708-4037
301-497-5795 work
Fax 301-497-5717
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Laurence Clarfeld<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  Sent: Monday, March 21, 2011 7:18 AM
  Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goose neck bands

  Hi Bruce,

  I encountered a number of geese sporting neck bands over the weekend,
  including a few Canada Geese with orange bands and Snow Geese with yellow
  bands.  I submitted these observations to the federal Bird Banding
  Laboratory (<>) and got the following response
  suggesting it may not always be possible to track down the origins of the
  bird and the bander:

  "As you probably know, these markers are used by researchers to address many
  questions regarding bird movements and other aspects of their life history.
  They enable researchers to track movements of individual banded birds
  without the need to recapture them. The banding and color marking of birds
  is conducted by a variety of researchers, some with State, Federal, NGO, or
  university affiliations. Our office authorizes these projects, but is not
  directly involved in them.

  We receive thousands of these reports each year and attempt to respond to
  the sighters with information on each. However, due to various reasons, we
  are often not able to. Each bird with a color marker is also wearing a metal
  Federal leg band, which bears the 9-digit number that is the code by which
  we ultimately store our data..."

  The automated response went on about the various reasons they aren't always
  able to track down specific info on each sighting, but I should know for
  sure in a few weeks.  Here are some photos of a few of the banded geese I

  Good birding,

  On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 5:22 AM, b flewelling
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  > While birding at Dead Creek (north of RT. 17) yesterday, I saw 3 Canada
  > Geese with orange neck bands.  With just bino's , I wasn't able to get close
  > enough to read the numbers.  Anyone have an idea which study this may be?
  > Bruce Flewelling

  Larry Clarfeld
  Environmental Educator
  Youth Birding Coordinator

  North Branch Nature Center
  713 Elm St.
  Montpelier, VT 05602<>
  (802) 229-6206
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