I will probably be shot myself for this inclusion, on the grounds that
it has nothing to do with serious birding. But there's nothing like a
little light humour to get you through the day. Anyone with serious
objections, please feel free to send my abusive replies (they'll go
straight to my trash box anyway).
On the side, I have done some birdbanding in the past, as an assistant.
Does anyone know how I can get more involved in this in SA, perhaps
going out with people and learning more about the technical side of
things, i.e. what happens to all the data gathered, etc. etc. While
thornbills look so sad caught in nets, the best find I had on one trip
was an Australian hobby. And yes, she/he was retrieved and banded,
despite its protests. I have the photos to prove it!! Thanks to those
who can help me out with this request to get involved.
And now for the news item:
According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the
metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory
birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the
Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated: Wash. Biol. Surv.
until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas
camper: "Dear Sirs: While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I
think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag
and I want to tell you it was horrible."
The bands are now marked Fish and Wildlife Service.
Ms Karina J Mercer
4 Shirley Avenue
Phone: 08 8365 3020
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