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However, when it comes to texting friends about birds, the band codes are a
lifesaver.  And my friends already know I'm a screw-up, so if I get one
wrong it's not news.

-Allen Gathman
Pocahontas (Cape Girardeau County)

On Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 9:33 AM Lanny Chambers <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> The source of these alpha species codes (technically not acronyms, as they
> are not pronounced as words) is the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL),
> which lists them here: https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/MANUAL/speclist.cfm The
> alpha codes essentially replaced the deprecated AOU numeric codes in
> reporting banding and recapture encounters to the BBL.
>
> Bird banders use these codes freely among themselves, as a sort of
> shorthand, but they're a bit arcane for general conversation, as many of
> the codes are not what you might expect. Best to use common names here to
> avoid confusion. Yes, it's fun to impress your friends with "insider"
> knowledge...but it's awfully embarrassing when you get one wrong! :)
>
> Lanny Chambers
> Fenton, MO
>
> On Apr 7, 2020, at 07:40, Lisa Saffell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Is there a list of these bird acronyms somewhere?
>
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