After quite a 'disappointing' day birding yesterday, with the migrant warblers not cooperating with my camera lens, flitting and darting behind branches, becoming non-photographic most times, I was made happier once I got home!!!
I'll begin with this PDF certificate I received last night! I've been holding my breath for what seemed like an eternity, but only 3 weeks, if that long; hoping to receive information on a particular finding on the beach!! If you notice above, with the link to my bird blog---a particular bird, a photo of the Piping Plover was shared over the weekend by me. I didn't add one special photo, nor did I mention that this rare bird I photographed was actually BANDED. I sent the photo and the long/lat coordinates to USGS to report my sighting. Keeping my fingers crossed that they could find and send me the info as to where the bird was banded....Yesterday, I found out!!!
- Certificate Of Appreciation Awarded To: TEXAS ANNI (band#: 2651-14785 date: 04/05/2015)
- BandReports@usgs.gov Apr 20 at 9:32 PM
- To txanni[email info removed by me for privacy]
- 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 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 1-800-327-BAND
- Download / View
Perhaps you'd like to see the photo I DIDN'T SHARE? The one I used to send the information to USGS? You can see the banded leg under my logo [the LARGER photo]. But first, the photo I published at I'd Rather B Birdin' this past weekend:
Okay, since you're beggin' for it....
....to think, this little booger, once not old enough to fly, took to wing from Montana, showing up on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, near Corpus Christi, Texas....a flight of approximately 1300 to 1500 miles [a mere nine months after banding], to say 'hi' to Hootin' Anni and wave goodbye as it flew off after the photo was taken!! Thrilling. I hope it survives a long time, finding a mate, having little ones and help restore its future existence. And now, I hope to see more banded birds as I walk the trails, birding!!!
Piping Plover are on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action. This species is listed as endangered in Canada and the inland United States, threatened along coast. Declines resulted from direct and unintentional harassment by people, dogs, and vehicles, destruction of beach habitat for development, and changes in water level regulation.