Re: Banded White-crowned sparrow and Reporting Banded Birds

Linda Swanson <lswanson@...>

Always a good practice, and appreciated, to report encounters with banded, wing-tagged, collared (geese) birds to the North American Bird Banding Program. Please Report Bands at 

A Certificate of Appreciation will be sent, and includes data that is known, such as age and sex of bird, and the location and date of banding. To learn more about the USGS Bird Banding Lab  

A little long, but interesting, from the U.S. Geological Survey and Canadian Wildlife Service:
"Bird banding is important for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. About 60 million birds representing hundreds of species have been banded in North America since 1904. About 4 million bands have been recovered and reported. 

Data from banded birds are used in monitoring populations, setting hunting regulations, restoring endangered species, studying effects of environmental contaminants, and addressing such issues as Avian Influenza, bird hazards at airports, and crop depredations. Results from banding studies support national and international bird conservation programs such as Partners in Flight, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and Wetlands for the Americas.

The North American Bird Banding Program is under the general direction of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service. Cooperators include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mexico's National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity and Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources; other federal, state and provincial conservation agencies; universities; amateur ornithologists; bird observatories; nature centers; nongovernmental organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Audubon Society; environmental consulting firms and other private sector businesses. However, the most important partner in this cooperative venture is you, the person who voluntarily reported a recovered band. Thank you for your help.”

Linda Swanson

On Jan 12, 2022, at 5:16 PM, Linda Swanson via <lswanson@...> wrote:

This may be one of the banded White-crowned Sparrows from a research project in 2014 and 2015. 41 White-crowned Sparrows were banded in SF in 2014 (unknown location) and additional White-crowned Sparrows were banded in 2015 at Lake Merced near the Concrete Bridge, and at Golden Gate Park near the Polo Fields.

Here is info about the project from the sign used in the field:
"Summary: We are investigating several factors affecting the song of local White-Crowned Sparrows. We are putting on color bracelets to keep track of the individual birds and working with audio recordings to analyze song and behavior. This study will provide valuable insights into avian communication.”
Researchers: from San Francisco State University and Tulane University
Research Permit #032014 SF Parks and Rec

I had the pleasure of being a volunteer field assistant to the grad student from SFSU working on this research project.
Attached is a photo of a just-banded White-crowned Sparrow, Golden Gate Park, 4/24/2015.
Linda Swanson


On Jan 12, 2022, at 3:54 PM, David Webster <davisigno@...> wrote:

Just curious if anyone might know anything about these bands. It's the first time I've come across a banded sparrow. Seen in Lobos Creek this afternoon.

David Webster


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