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Banded Snowy Plovers- AL

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  • Chris Burney
    *We recently recorded our first banded Snowy Plover outside of Florida- on Dauphin Island, AL. Not far from Florida, but a very interesting report none the
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 17, 2008
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      We recently recorded our first banded Snowy Plover outside of Florida- on Dauphin Island, AL.  Not far from Florida, but a very interesting report none the less since it is our first confirmation of a westward movement of Florida birds in the fall.  Below is information on the project, and how to report observations of banded birds if you missed it the first time.
       
      Snowy Plovers are state listed- threatened in Florida, and recent surveys suggest this species is continuing to decline in parts of their range in the state, particularly the Southwest. Research determining the underlying reasons for these declines is ongoing, and one important aspect of this work is gaining a better understanding of the annual movement and distribution patterns of Snowy Plovers in Florida.  To this end, biologists have individually marked Snowy Plovers throughout Florida with unique color-band combinations, and we need your help re-sighting and reporting observations of these individuals as we continue to build a better picture of where and when Snowy Plovers move.
      If you see a banded Snowy Plover…
       
      1. Approach the bird slowly, and please try to avoid any disturbance to the bird (Life is rough enough for a plover!)
       
      2. Record the following information:
       
      a) BAND COMBINATION- please write a detailed description of the bands, the i) color and ii) relative position to other bands, and iii) position on each leg (left or right, and upper leg-tibia or lower leg-tarsus). See examples of band combos and colors at the Florida Bird Conservation Initiative website: http://www.floridaconservation.org/FBCI/docs/FBCI_SNPL_Banding_key.pdf
       
      Types of bands used: metal (aluminum) and color bands.  
       
      Colors: possible colors include red (R), orange (O), yellow (Y), dark green (G), light green (g), dark blue (B), light blue (b), white (W), and black (K). No bands are bi-colored/tri-colored (2/3 colors on one band).  Sometimes two bands of the same color are placed over each other on a leg (this may look like one very tall band). Remember that bands can discolor, and occasionally fall off.  Please specify if you are unsure of any of the bands or if you failed to see all parts of the leg clearly.  
       
      b) LOCATION- use a GPS unit, find your lat and long on a map (http://www.getlatlon.com/), or write a detailed description (please include common place names that we can use to plot your location on a map).
       
      c) DATE/TIME
       
      d) NOTES- i) describe any injuries, ii) with a flock? (if so, flock size and composition)
       
      3. If possible, get photo-documentation.
       
      4. Please report your observations to the following emails:
       
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