Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Great Story About International Connections Through Bird Banding

We wanted to share a great "small world" story with you.  This past Sunday, TRC staff Amber Burnette was with a shorebird workshop group as part of the Vallarta Bird Festival in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.  The leader was Manuel Grosselet, President of Tierra de Aves, bird bander, speaker, and author of numerous avian publications. The group was at a site called Boca de Tomate, close to Las Juntas village, near Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

A Caspian tern was sighted in a group of about 10 of the species.  The bird was observed to have leg bands.  A spotting scope yielded the alpha-numeric code on the yellow band (though it is hard to see in the photo).  Manuel put the word out and very soon received a note from Dr. Yasuko Suzuki.  The bird was banded as a chick at Crescent Island in mid-Columbia River (near Pasco, Washington) in 2007 by Dr. Suzuki's research group.  The bird was banded as part of a study on the demography and movement of the species.

Dr. Suzuki worked with our TRC staff in the clinic from 2000-2001.  Here is a photo of Dr. Suzuki (top row, second from left) with our international staff at the time, from Germany, Japan, Belgium, Argentina, Malaysia, and Wales.

Dr. Suzuki is currently with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.

What a great way that technology can yield information so quickly, and what a connection from the past to the present!


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