Canadian Atlas of Bird Banding


This atlas summarizes, for the first time, bird-banding results for Canada, including data on birds banded in Canada and those banded elsewhere but encountered in Canada. Although limited in geographic scope, the data depict movement patterns that are typical for North America as a whole.

Volume 1 deals with small land birds (passerines and near passerines).

Volume 2 deals with seabirds (albatrosses, petrels, gannets, cormorants, pelicans, jaegers, gulls, terns, and auks).

Volume 3 deals with raptors (hawks and owls), vultures and various waterbirds (loons, grebes, cranes, herons, and rails).

Volume 4 deals with shorebirds.

A full account is given for each species with at least one record of an individual moving more than 100 km; banding and encounter statistics for all species banded in Canada are summarized in an appendix. Species accounts consist of 1) one or more encounter maps showing lines joining points of banding and encounter; 2) a narrative discussing results and movement patterns and recapping any major analyses of band encounters already published for the species; 3) a list showing details of selected encounters; 4) a table giving summary statistics such as encounter rate and mean distance moved; and 5) an effort map showing frequency of banding by geographic location.

Many of the results for rarely encountered species have not been published before. Results for more frequently encountered species indicate geographic differences in movement patterns, which are often consistent across many species. The information presented here should be of interest not only to banders and students of migration, but also to managers and conservationists wanting to know more about the wintering destinations and migration routes of Canada's birds.

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