Date: 1/10/18 9:06 am From: Casey Setash <csetash...> Subject: [cobirds] Band-Tailed Pigeon Information/Locations Wanted by US Fish & Wildlife Service
I'm passing along a message from our region's Migratory Game Bird Coordinator, Dave Olson. FWS wants to band some Band-Tailed Pigeons in Colorado and are hoping all the lovely birders in the state might help them out. His contact information is on the flyer below and he is also using eBird to try to locate some possible areas. I've copied his message below:
The Migratory Bird Program of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has embarked on a program to develop a population estimate for Interior Band-tailed Pigeons that occur in the Four Corners region for Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. This effort is being led by the Region 2 Migratory Bird Program based in Albuquerque, NM, with our office, based in Denver, CO, providing field assistance to this project. We are asking the local birding community to assist the FWS with this project in the true spirit of Citizen Science.
We would like to hear from the birding communitiy that have bird feeders which are attracting Band-tailed Pigeons in large numbers (>25 birds/day) and would like to assist the FWS in our project. To further encourage Band-tailed Pigeons that are using our property, and hopefully pull in more birds, we will provide you with additional bird seed to place around the bird feeders on the ground. Once there are large numbers of Band-tailed Pigeons using the feed site, FWS personnel will come and set up a trap (a swoosh net that drops over the birds when released) and a tracking antenna and recorder to monitor the bird's use of the area. After the birds are captured, they will be aged, sexed, and marked with a USGS leg band. A PIT tag will also be placed under the bird's skin that will allow us to monitor future visits, using the tracking antenna and recorder placed near your feeder, by any PIT tagged marked Band-tailed Pigeons from your location or possible from other banding stations in the Four Corners region. If you are interested in learning more about the Band-tailed Pigeons that visit your feeder and helping out the FWS with this project, please contact Dave Olson (contact info below).
[image: Inline image 1] Casey Setash Fort Collins, CO