Where did Canada Goose RH50 come from?


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On November 2nd, I photographed a neck-markered Canada Goose at Tannery Dam in DuBois, PA. The bird supported a yellow neck marker that read RH50.

Canada Goose with RH50 Neck Marker photographed at Tannery Dam in DuBois, PA on 2 November 2012.

Upon observation, I submitted the data to the Bird Banding Lab for information on where the bird was originally banded. Monday, November 26, I received an email with details on where, when, and by whom the bird was banded.

This Canada Goose was banded on June 22, 2005 as a male, hatching in 2004 or earlier, by Mr. Thomas D. Sutter near Savannah, New York. I found the goose ~170 miles from the banding location.

Map generated in Google Earth to show the distance between the banding and resight locations.

If you encounter a banded or marked bird, make sure report the information on www.reportband.gov. Valuable information is gained through the recovery of bands, but only if you report the information.

“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.”

If you’ve reported bands in the past, let us know in the comments! Also, if you’ve blogged about your findings include a link in your comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326076651 Laura Mae

    You are soooo right about reporting band sightings! I studied three gaggles of geese from egg to flight this past summer. One of the gaggles, now a flock, still returns to my lake pretty regularly. I verify their identify by the digits on the Goose father’s leg band: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjBCNPAq

    • Tim Schreckengost

      Very cool, Laura!