[Tweeters] Reporting white-collared Canada Goose sightings
stan Kostka lynn Schmidt
lynnandstan at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 18 08:35:27 PST 2017
> Hello fellow birders and Christmas Bird Counters...
> Please keep an eye out during your birding activities this winter for CANADA GEESE with a WHITE NECK COLLAR with black lettering. Over the past two years 400 of these birds have been captured in Nanaimo, on central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and banded and marked with a white neck collar while they were flightless during their summer moult period, to track their movements (see study description below). While many have remained in the Nanaimo area, some have wintered as far south (so far) as southern Oregon and returned to Nanaimo the following summer. If you see one (or more), please record the '3 digit + letter' collar code(s), readable with binoculars at short range or a scope at longer range, and either report the sighting to the study website as described below, or send a brief e-mail with the location, date, time, collar code(s), number of uncollared geese present and any other relevant details to one of the e-mail addresses indicated below, or to me at the address above.
> Thanks for your valuable assistance with this migration tracking study... Seasons Greetings and Happy Birding!
> Cheers, ...Bruce
> Bruce Cousens, B.Sc., M.Sc., R.P.Bio., Senior Biologist,
> BC Purple Martin Stewardship & Recovery Program Coordinator,
> Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society
> PO Box 41012, RPO Woodgrove Nanaimo, BC, CANADA V9T 6M7
> Phone/msg./fax: (250) 758-2922; E-mail: <pmartins at island.net>
> Reporting Collared Canada Goose Sightings
> Source: BCVIBIRDS (Aug. 29, 2017)
> Hello fellow birders:
> As part of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bird Banding project, we banded and collared another set of 200 Canada Geese around Nanaimo last June. This banding effort is part of 2-year project to determine the abundance, distribution and movement of geese in the Nanaimo area. The geese have white neck collars with black lettering that ranges from 000P to 199P (banded in 2016) and 201P to 400P (banded in 2017).
> We are conducting regular surveys to track these geese, but we hope to increase the number of collared goose sightings by encouraging birders and members of the public to report their sightings through our project website - https://wordpress.viu.ca/gooseproject/. There is a simple form to fill out to report sightings. We are interested in any sightings of these geese, whether in the Nanaimo area or elsewhere, including the number of “uncollared” geese they may associated with.
> Results from 2016 suggested that many geese remain within the local area year round, but some geese traveled as far as southern Oregon and returned to the Nanaimo area to molt. More results are available on the project website.
> We appreciate your help with this project. Feel free to contact us off list to find out more about the project (stew.pearce AT shaw.ca; eric.demers AT viu.ca).
> Eric Demers
> Biology Department
> Vancouver Island University
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