Bird Ringing for Science and Conservation

Farah Ishtiaq Basic • Birds, Ringing, Ornithology, Mist-net, Migration, Conservation, Science • 14 Seats • Long • Starts at 09:00 – 16:30 on DAY 2

Ornithology would still be in the Dark Ages was it not for ringing or bird marking! Main aim of the workshop is to introduce Bird ringing (also known as Bird banding) as a useful tool for scientific studies. Bird ringing has been described as the research tool that produced the most important results in ornithology in the 20th century. Much of our insight into bird movements, migration, and knowledge on population dynamics, exists because individual birds were fitted with light weight metal alloys (smallest only weighing 0.04g) individually-numbered ring around their leg. Subsequently reports of these ringed birds from other location have helped us to understand a great deal about their movements especially for skulking birds. The workshop will cover basics of bird ringing, how to select nets for different species, selection of ringing sites, how to ring birds, age and sex birds.