[Ontbirds]How to report goose collars and other markers

Howes,Lesley-Anne [NCR] Lesley-Anne.Howes at ec.gc.ca
Mon Feb 19 10:49:47 EST 2007

Hello Everyone,

This is in response to Fred Helleiner's posting of sighting a Canada Goose with a neck collar. 

Report your observations of marked birds or if you find a bird band to the Canadian Bird Banding Office, by calling toll-free 1-800-327-2263 (1-800-327-BAND), by sending an e-mail message to BBO_CWS at ec.gc.ca or by writing a letter to:

Bird Banding Office
National Wildlife Research Centre
Canadian Wildlife Service
Ottawa, Canada  K1A 0H3

Starting mid March, you will be able to report encounters on line at www.reportband.gov. 

If you do find a marked bird or a bird band it is important to note as much information as you can about the bird. This will help scientists and researchers continue to learn about, monitor and conserve bird populations.

If the bird is found alive do not try to remove the band. This could result in an injury to the leg.

Please note the following:

numbers, in sequence, appearing on the band or bands
colours and materials of any bands or markers in addition to a metal band
date on which the bird or band was found or observed
exact location the bird or band was found or observed
species, sex and age of the bird (if known)
whether the bird was alive, dead, injured, free, or trapped
how the bird died (if known)

Be sure to include your name, mailing address, and phone number so that we may send you a certificate of appreciation. The certificate will tell you the species of bird, where and when it was banded, its age, whether it was male or female, and who banded it. We will tell the bander where and when the bird or band was found and its condition.

When recording information from a collared goose, the more information that you can provide, the more likely the individual bird can be identified or marking project determined. 

Important information to record for goose collars:

Collar colour, code, code colour, and orientation of codes on the collar 
Date the bird was observed 
Exact location the bird was observed 
Species age and sex of the bird if known 
Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address 

Your contribution is important! Thank you!

For more information on the Bird banding program please visit our website:  http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/nwrc-cnrf/default.asp?lang=En&n=B197CA34-1

Lesley Howes 
Bird Banding Biologist / Biologiste de baguage des oiseaux 
National Wildlife Research Centre / Centre national de la recherche faunique 
Canadian Wildlife Service / Service canadien de la faune 
1125 Colonel By Drive / Raven Road 
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H3 
Telephone / téléphone: 613-998-0515 
Fax / télécopieur: 613-998-0458 
Email / courriel: Lesley-Anne.Howes at ec.gc.ca 
Website: http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/nwrc-cnrf/default.asp?lang=En&n=B197CA34-1
Site internet: http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/nwrc-cnrf/default.asp?lang=Fr&n=B197CA34-1

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