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American Oystercatcher Banding

Main Project Information
Goal Help scientists research Oystercatchers' biology.
Task Report the location, color, and type of bands spotted.
Where United States
Description

The American Oystercatcher Banding project needs citizen scientists to report the location, color, and type of bands observed on American Oystercatchers.

American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) are striking black and white shorebirds with large reddish-orange bills. Oystercatchers breed on coastal beaches from Baja California to Nova Scotia. Recent evidence of population declines, particularly in the Southeastern U.S., has prompted research aimed at understanding the bird's biology and conservation needs.

Color banding individual birds helps researchers learn about movement, habitat requirements, and survival, but only if people observe and report the locations of banded birds.

You can help!

How to Join

The project's website includes complete instructions for identifying banded American Oystercatchers: http://www.ncsu.edu/project/grsmgis/AMOY/Banding.htm.

Website http://oystercatchertracking.org/
Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags ocean
Project Updated 04/21/2017