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Andrew Forbes, Resource Scientist (Avian Ecologist)
Missouri Department of Conservation
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Columbia, MO  65201
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From: Important Bird Areas Program Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of JEFFERY, Matthew
Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 11:46 AM
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Subject: Piping plover's in The Bahamas - Assistance needed

Request for Assistance

PIPING PLOVERS COLOR-MARKED IN THE BAHAMAS - In an effort to determine where Piping Plovers wintering in The Bahamas are staging during migration, and breeding, 57 birds were uniquely color-marked this winter in The Bahamas for Environment Canada by Sidney Maddock and Peter Doherty, with help from The Bahamas National Trust.  Each bird has a black flag (band with a tab sticking out slightly) on the upper left leg, nothing on the upper right, a single color band on one lower leg, and two color bands (which can be the same color on top of each other) on the other lower leg.  Colors used included: red, orange, yellow, white, light green, dark green, dark blue, and black.  Please report all sightings to CHERI GRATTO-TREVOR, Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Centre, Environment Canada, 115 Perimeter Road, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4 Canada (EM: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), noting the color and location of each band on the bird, and location and behaviour of the bird (on nest or brood, foraging at migratory stop-over, etc.), as well as presumed sex of the bird if possible.  Thanks for any assistance!

Dr. C. L. Gratto-Trevor
Research Scientist Shorebirds
Prairie and Northern Wildlife Research Centre
Wildlife and Landscape Science Directorate
Science and Technology Branch
Environment Canada
115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4 Canada
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Telephone 306-975-6128
Facsimile 306-975-4089
Government of Canada

        Marked Piping Plovers from The Bahamas!















Fifty-seven Piping Plovers recently were marked during winter in The Bahamas for Environment Canada by Sidney Maddock and Peter Doherty, with help from The Bahamas National Trust.  We are very interested in knowing where those birds go during migration and breeding.

These birds were marked with a black flag (band with a tab sticking out slightly) on the upper left leg, nothing on the upper right, a single colour band on one lower leg, and two colour bands (which can be the same colour on top of each other) on the other lower leg.  Colours used included: red, orange, yellow, white, light green, dark green, dark blue, and black.  If you see a marked Piping Plover, please write down the location, date, behaviour of bird (foraging; with mate or nest), a detailed description of the bands (see below) and send to:

Cheri Gratto-Trevor, PNWRC, Environment Canada, 115 Perimeter Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4 Canada; Email: [log in to unmask]

To describe a band combination: describe each band:

Type: colour band, flag (band with a tab sticking out from the leg - see black flag above)

Colours: as exact as possible - red, orange, yellow, white, light green, dark green, dark blue, and black.  There may be two bands of the same colour placed over each other on a leg (this may look like one very tall band).

Location on bird's leg: bird's upper left (above the 'knee'), lower left (below the 'knee'), upper right, lower right; above or below other bands on the same part of the leg.

Note if you are unsure of any of the bands or if you did not see all parts of the leg clearly.

The Piping Plover above would be described as:  Black flag upper left, white band lower left, nothing upper right, black over light green band lower right.


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