Human activities are causing rapid declines in many species of animals and plants, linked to widespread environmental change, and birds are excellent tools for monitoring and understanding those impacts given that they are highly mobile and easily observable organisms.
Bird Ringing involves the marking of individual birds by highly trained ornithologists to provide vital data on migration patterns, demography and ecological processes. Information derived from recoveries and recaptures of a ringed bird include population parameters (e.g. survival estimates, lifetime reproductive success), which are essential to determine the causes of changes in population sizes. This technique is one of the most effective methods to study the biology, ecology, behaviour, movement, breeding productivity and population demography of birds.
A network of fully co-ordinated ringing stations and National Ringing Schemes has been
developed for the management of scientific bird ringing in Europe. EURING, the
European Union for Bird Ringing, guarantees the efficient collaboration among national ringing schemes. See the EURING brochure Bird Ringing for Science and Conservation, describing the value of bird ringing and the activities of EURING.
In 2019, I became a Scientific Collaborator-Ringer with EURING. I currently conduct banding sessions with the Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences.
List of birds banded since June 2019:
Belgium (Nodebais, Brabant Wallon) – 22-06-2019
Eurasian reed warbler (fr: Rousserolle effarvate EFF) Acrocephalus scirpaceus (x4)
Marsh warbler (fr: Rousserolle verderolle VERDE) Acrocephalus palustris (x1)
Eurasian blackcap (fr: Fauvette à tête noire FTN) Sylvia atricapilla (x23)
Common whitethroat (fr: Fauvette grisette GRIS) Sylvia communis (x3)
Garden warbler (fr: Fauvette des jardins JARD) Sylvia borin (x4)
Common chiffchaff (fr: Pouillot véloce VEL) Phylloscopus collybita (x18)
Cetti’s warbler (fr: Bouscarle de cetti CETTI) Cettia cetti (x3)
Song thrush (fr: Grive musicienne GRIV) Turdus philomelos (x2)
Common blackbird (fr: Merle noir MERL) turdus merula (x1)
European robin (fr: Rouge-gorge familier RG) Erithacus rubecula (x1)
Dunnock (fr: Accenteur mouchet ACC) Prunella modularis (x3)
Eurasian wren (fr: Troglodyte mignon TROG) Troglodytes troglodytes (x2)
Eurasian blue tit (fr: Mésange bleue BLEU) Cyanistes caeruleus (x2)
Great tit (fr: Mésange charbonnière CHARBOS) Parus major (x12)
Belgium (Nodebais, Brabant Wallon) – 07-07-2019
EFF (x8), VERDE (x4), FTN (x33), GRIS (x7), JARD (x1), VEL (x13),
CETTI (x1), GRIV (x1), MERL (x1),
ACC (x1), TROG (x1), BLEU (x10),
Bluethroat (fr: Gorgebleue à miroir GBLEUE) Luscinia svecica (x1)
Long-tailed tit (fr: Mésange à longue queue MLQ) Aegithalos caudatus (x1)
Great spotted woodpecker (fr: Pic épeiche PIC) Dendrocopos major (x1)
(Pics: A. lombal)