How bird banding is used for research - re Little Tern disaster

To: Simon Mustoe <>
Subject: How bird banding is used for research - re Little Tern disaster
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 15:43:18 +1100
Simon Mustoe wrote:

>I understand your concerns to some extent about bird 
banding. I would rather
>not discuss the ethical issues on this forum as I do not 
believe that it is
>the place. 

Banding has been discussed here often enough in the past, and 
doubtlessly will be again.

I too share some of Marilyn's concerns about banding for its 
own sake, but I fail to see what the Little Tern deaths have 
to do with banding or leg-flagging.  The inference I got from 
Jim Reside's original posting was that the terns (and various 
other animals) had been killed by the hailstorm - ie. 
clobbered by a large lumps of ice, and lots of it.  Banded or 
otherwise, birds nesting on the ground in the open are 
clearly quite vulnerable to such extreme meteorological 

Cheers -- Lawrie
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