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The census of the breeding White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) in France

Every year, the French Storks Working Group coordinates the census of the breeding White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) in France. This census looks into:
- Numbers of breeding pairs (Hpa)
- Numbers of breeding pairs with flying young storks at the end of the breeding season (Hpm)
- Numbers of flying young storks at the end of the breeding season (JZG)
- Identification of breeding adult storks when they are ringed.

A report is written every year in October, during the “French Storks Days”, the annual meeting of the Group

 

The census of the breeding Black Storks (Ciconia nigra) in France

Every year, the French Storks Working Group writes a summary of the breeding of the Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) in France.

This specie is shy, sensible to human disturbance. So discoveries of nests are often kept secret; for that reason, it is not possible to know exactly how many pairs are present in France, although numbers are very low. However, the works of the French Storks Working Group (come from the Black Storks network of the National Forest Office and by birders) can give an estimation of the size of the breeding population of this specie in France.

The census of the wintering White Storks (Ciconia ciconia) and Black Storks (Ciconia nigra) in France.
Since 2004, this census has been organized every year between 15th and 31st of December and tries to:
- count the storks living in France in winter
- identify the ringed birds
- specify the part of the sedentary birds from the wintering ones
- specify the part of the birds bred in captivity from the wild birds, in the case of the White Stork
- specify the importance of the presence of rubbish dumps as a source of food for the White Stork .
An article on the first census in 2004 has been published, and another one will be published on the 2005/2006 census (See Publications).
Make easier communications between observers of ringed storks and ringers.

The French Storks Working Group tries to make easier communications between observers of ringed storks and ringers, in the case of colour rings or alphanumeric codes. The French Storks Working Group and the Centre of Research in Biology and Populations of Birds (CRBPO), which is part of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, are working together. Since 01/01/2007, CRBPO has no time to run the colour codes and alphanumeric codes, so observers must contact directly the ringers; CRBPO will regularly get a copy of the data transmitted to ringers by observers.
Of course, as before, when a metal ring is found or read, data must be transmitted to CRBPO (Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux) :crbpo@mnhn.fr

 

 


   
   
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