[Tweeters] Reporting banded Black Turnstones
roxie.rochat at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 14:06:22 PST 2017
Summary: Watch for banded Black Turnstones and report them to Dr. Taylor.
Background: While scouting at a private location for a CBC, we found a
Black Turnstone with a yellow band. Ruth Milner of WDFW put us in touch
with Dr. Audrey Taylor from the University of Alaska, who responded with:
On 1/4/2017 11:38 AM, Audrey Taylor wrote:
> Hi Roxie,
> Ruth is correct in her assumption that I banded this Black Turnstone -
> it would have been banded at the Oak Harbor marina in 2010 as part of
> a project looking at BLTU use of Montague Island in Prince William
> Sound, Alaska. We were putting radio tags on individuals in Oak Harbor
> and then looking at when they arrived and how long they stayed at
> Montague Island. Interestingly, we heard none of the 50 radio-tagged
> individuals at Montague Island in 2010, which led us to get funding
> from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to put geolocators on
> turnstones on their breeding grounds and track their annual migrations
> to see if their migration patterns had changed in recent years.
> Montague used to be their major spring stopover site (and was
> designated as an Important Bird Area for this reason) but our
> geolocator data indicated that few if any birds are even stopping over
> in Prince William Sound these days. I’m working on writing this paper
> up right now, so it is neat to get reports of our banded birds from
> the very beginning of the project!
> I would love to know of any other banded turnstones you see - they are
> very site-faithful so it is fun to see how far they range from Oak
> Audrey R Taylor, PhD
> Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
> Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
> University of Alaska Anchorage
> (907) 786-6854
> artaylor at alaska.edu <mailto:artaylor at alaska.edu>
Good luck finding those banded turnstones!
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