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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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