|Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network
Color-marked Shorebird Resighting Report
The Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network (ASDN) is an international collaboration between shorebird biologists who are currently conducting a multi-year study to examine mechanisms behind declines of North American Arctic- breeding shorebirds. The Network collaborators’ are color-marking shorebirds at 7 sites in Alaska (Yukon Delta, Nome, Cape Krusenstern, Point Barrow, Ikpikpuk River, Prudhoe Bay and the Canning River) and 4 sites in Canada (Mackenzie Delta, East Bay and Coates Island in the northern portion of Hudson Bay, and Churchill).
We would be delighted to receive reports of color-marked shorebirds observed away from the breeding grounds. Please look for marked birds of the following species and fill out the following resighting report:
American Golden-plover Pluvialis dominica
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Bar-tailed Godwits Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
All ASDN birds are marked with a white (Canada) or dark green (USA) flag and a color band. The engraved flags will have a 3 letter code of letters or numbers, written in white on the green flags or written in black on the white flags, and an additional color band (e.g. red, dark blue, orange, dark green, yellow) below the flag. Most birds will also have three unique color bands on the opposite leg to further facilitate individual identification during the breeding season, as well as a US Geological Survey/Canadian Wildlife Service metal band with a unique serial number.
Inquires about the Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network can be directed to:
River Gates, Network Field Coordinator,
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Management
1011 East Tudor Rd. MS201
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Photo: Yoshio Katsutani
Dunlin (Calidris alpina arcticola) color-banded in Barrow, Alaska and resighted at Shimominota Beach, Suzuka City, Japan on 20 January 2009.
Resighting Report Form
Please submit your report via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Observer name:____________________________ email:______________________________
Date of observation:___________________________ (circle one: approximate or actual date?)
GPS Location Format (circle one):
Decimal degrees (example: 71.26373N -156.53105 W)
Degrees minutes seconds (example: N71° 15’ 49’’ W156° 31’ 51’’)
Degrees, decimal minutes (example. N71° 15.8237999 W156° 31.862999)
(For example: Salton Sea, southern California be as specific as possible)
Species observed: ___________________________________
Status of bird (circle one): alive dead Metal bandnumber:_________________________
dark green (dg)
light green (lg)
dark blue (db)
light blue (lb)
green flag blank (gf)
green flag engraved (gfe)
white flag blank (wf)
white flag engraved (wfe)
Description of marking (see below example):
Upper left leg:_____________________________________________________
Lower left leg:_____________________________________________________
Upper right leg:____________________________________________________
Lower right leg:____________________________________________________
Example of how to report color banded and flagged shorebirds. Colors are read from top to bottom, bird’s left to the bird’s right.
Upper Left (UL) = green flag
, alpha code= CLM, red
Lower Left (LL) = metal band
Upper Right (UR) = no bands
Lower Right (LR) = yellow, orange, red
Questionable parts of your resighting can be indicated with a “?”.
Photo taken and submitted (circle one): yes or no
Observer confidence (circle one, see details below) 5 4 3 2 1
Observer Confidence Scale:
5: High confidence:
Able to clearly read flag code and distinguish color band combination
, confident of species identification. Verified by picture.
4: Moderately-high confidence:
Able to read flag code and/or colors combo after a few attempts, mostly confident of the flag code and/or color combo, confident of species identification. Picture taken but does not verify the individual identification.
3: Moderate confidence:
Able to read most of flag code and colors combination
, not 100% sure of location of bands, alpha-code or color combos.
2: Moderately low confidence:
Able to see that the bird was marked and see some of the flag code or color combo. Not able to confirm flag code or color combo. Confident in species identification.
1: Low confidence:
Able to see that the bird was marked but could only read some of the alpha coded flag and/or color combo. Not certain of the species identification.