FW: Watch for Banded Burrowing Owls
- I'm reforwarding this message that was forwarded to me about Burrowing
Owls. Helen Trefry would like reports of banded individuals. The
description of what to look for is included without attachments per list
rules. Please note her contact info at the bottom.
Geoffrey L. Rogers
San Diego, CA
> WANTED: Banded Burrowing Owls
> In the summer of 2004, 6000 burrowing owls were banded in the United
> States, Canada and Mexico. Each bird is wearing a color metal band on
> one leg and an aluminum Fish and Wildlife band on the other. Some bands
> are butt-ended while others are lock-on bands with a flange. Every color
> band has an alpha-numeric code which can be difficult to read but it is
> possible with a scope. If you see a banded owl, please record the
> color of the band, the code, whether there is a line in the middle of
> the band, and which leg the color band is on. See the attached picture
> for examples of some of the bands used.
> Burrowing owls have been found wintering from Washington state to Texas
> and Mexico. Recently a banded burrowing owl from Lubbock, Texas, was
> found in Michoacan and another from Saskatchewan wintered in south
> Texas. We request your help in locating more of these owls. If you
> locate a banded owl, even if you are not able to read the band yourself,
> please contact me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Thank you.
> Helen Trefry, phone 780-951-8693, fax 780-495-2615