Date: 10/4/19 11:41 am
From: DJLauten and KACastelein <deweysage...>
Subject: [obol] Re: reporting banded birds to the BBL
Yeah I don't mean to discourage birders from reporting to BBL, that was
not my intent.   But if you see a banded plover and send it to BBL and
are waiting for a response, it's because they didn't send it to me.  
You'd be better off sending it to me.

And to clarify,  there are so many resightings of banded plovers on the
west coast that they do not go to the BBL - in fact probably 95% or more
never go to the BBL.   I suspect the BBL would not want all that info as
it would overwhelm their employees - that's why we have our own system
and why we keep all the data.

If you see a banded plover on the west coast, currently the place to
send the reports is actually <snpl_bandreporting...> - BBL
does not monitor that email, plover researchers do.

Again, I do  not mean to discourage anyone from sending reports to BBL -
you should.   What I am saying is that if you see a banded plover on the
Oregon coast, you are better off contacting me or the above email as you
will get a more thorough response and it will end up in the appropriate

thanks for the clarification Carol,

Dave Lauten

On 10/4/2019 11:03 AM, Carole Hallett wrote:
> Hi Dave,
> Like you, I use auxiliary markers (wing tags and coded leg bands) to
> identify individual birds (Red-tailed Hawks). If they are sighted and
> reported to the Bird Banding Lab (BBL) the BBL will send that info to
> me but I'm pretty sure it is also retained in their system and
> therefore available for all of time to any future researcher who wants
> to look into movements or survival or whatever of translocated
> Red-tailed Hawks. So, even if right now you were the only one who
> cares where all of those color-banded SNPL are being seen, which isn't
> the case, by not sending the color marker sighting to the BBL all
> those future researchers will be missing all that valuable background
> info.
> Okay, just realized I may have misread your message and what you were
> saying is that people don't need to send the info to the BBL if they
> have already sent it to you because /you /will send it to the BBL. If
> that's the case I apologize for this mini rant. As a long time bander
> I know it is like GOLD when I get a report that someone has seen and
> reported one of my birds. I absolutely want to encourage folks to
> report all sightings to the BBL.  (now I'll probably get an irate
> message from them asking why I am creating all this extra work!)
> I'll leave it here.
> Thanks for all of your good work on behalf of our Western Snowy Plover!
> Carole Hallett
> Portland, OR
> On Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 9:43 AM DJLauten and KACastelein
> <deweysage...> <mailto:<deweysage...>> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> As many of you have seen, I have been responding to reports of color
> banded Snowy Plovers on the Oregon coast.    I am doing this for
> several
> reasons including  I suspected many people might be interested to
> know
> where these birds are from as well as trying to keep everyone
> interested
> because these sightings are very important and useful to us, the
> researchers who banded and work with the plovers.   These
> 'resightings'
> of banded plovers are effectively a 'recapture' of a banded bird, and
> that information is used to do detailed survival analysis amongst
> other
> things. So your sightings are extremely important and are actually
> used
> in so called real science applications, similar to eBird (but
> actually
> arguably even more useful!).
> With that said, if you see a color banded Snowy Plover in Oregon,
> technically there is no need to report these birds to the Bird
> Banding
> Lab (BBL).   I say this with lots of caution, because I highly
> encourage
> anyone who sees a banded bird to report that bird to the BBL!!!!! 
> The
> researchers who band most birds are thrilled to get resightings
> because
> they tend to be very rare and the information is incredibly useful to
> them.   So please do it. However, in the case of Snowy Plovers, at
> this
> time it is sufficient to report the birds directly to me. The
> reason I
> say this is because when you send a report of a banded Snowy
> Plover to
> BBL, all they do is forward it to me anyway!!!!   I am uncertain
> how BBL
> stores data, but species specific data like this is forwarded by
> BBL to
> the appropriate researcher as BBL does not manage nor use that
> information for their own purposes.  Yes they are the clearing
> house for
> banded birds, but it is us, the actual researchers, who are
> responsible
> for managing and dealing with our color banded birds.
> So, if you see a banded bird, please do report it to BBL. But if you
> see a color banded Snowy Plover, you do not have to send it to BBL as
> long as you send it to me (technically if you are linked into the
> volunteer system, if you report it to them it will also be stored for
> our purposes).   You can still send it to BBL, but note that they
> will
> simply forward the information to me anyway.    You do not have to
> do both.
> I hope I did not muddy the waters as I do not want to discourage
> anyone
> from reporting to BBL.   But several emails I just received indicated
> that they sent reports to BBL or they were going to, and there is no
> need to do so if you sent the report to me.
> Thanks again for all your reports, they help tell a very interesting
> story of the recolonization of the north coast of Oregon by Snowy
> Plovers after being absent for decades.    If you work hard enough
> you
> can now get Snowy Plover in ever coastal county in Oregon.    Very
> cool.
> Cheers
> Dave Lauten
> Oregon Biodiversity Information Center
> Institute for Natural Resources
> Portland State University
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