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DEC Bands Geese & Ducks etc For Migratory Data Reports etc.

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Wildlife, Fish and Marine Life Newsletter
09/13/2018
Wildlife, Fish, and Marine Life Newsletter
Canada Geese Banding Effort

Every year, DEC bands approximately 8,000 migratory game birds including Canada geese, ducks and brant. Staff change banding locations every year to capture and mark a representative sample of geese from across the state.

Staff banded 3,500 Canada geese between mid-June to mid-July. This is when geese molt their flight feathers and are unable to fly. It is an ideal time to capture and band them because they can easily be rounded up into temporary pens. Once captured, staff and volunteers take biological data (i.e., age, sex, and species), attach a uniquely numbered aluminum band, and then release them as quickly as possible.

Canada geese, as well as other birds, are banded to track their movements, survival, productivity, migration patterns, dispersal, and for special research projects. When hunters or the general public encounter a band, they can report their observation. The data from these encounters are vital to setting appropriate hunting regulations each year.

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