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.