Birder's Guide

MAY 2017

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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46 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2017 Humbanding in Idaho only through humbanding. Two different Black-chinned Hummers banded in Louisiana have turned up in Idaho. One band- ed in Idaho turned up in Colorado. And yet an- other, banded at Rudeen Ranch, was recaptured in Hamilton, Montana, one month later. Interestingly, Rudeen Ranch recaptured the same bird originally banded in New Mexico two years in a row. Permits and Rules A U.S. Federal Bird Banding and Marking Permit is required to band any wild bird in the U.S. Permits are issued by the Bird Banding Laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, which also provides bands and stores all data collected. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game also issues state per- mits. To discourage hobbyists, it has become more difficult to obtain a master banding permit. Today, permits are issued only to legitimate researchers. To maintain the highest standards possible, hum- banders adhere to a strict code of ethics that applies to every aspect of banding. The North American Banders' Manual for Banding Hummingbirds includes "The Bander's Code of Ethics". While banders have additional responsibilities, such as ensuring data are accurate and complete, they are first and fore- most responsible for the safety and welfare of the birds they study. Humbanding in Action If there's anything you'd like to know about hum- mingbirds, just ask the humbanders as you watch them in action. You may also take photographs at almost every step. To catch hummingbirds, the bander selects a place with active, ongoing feeding and then goes fi shing for hummers. The bander takes down all but the most popular feeder so birds won't have a choice where to feed, then sets up a cage on an ad- TOP TO BOTTOM: n Stacy Peterson measures a hummer on the author's dining room table. Photo by © Elise Faike n Fred Bassett checks a hummingbird's new jewelry for a proper fit. Ola, Idaho, 30 July 2012. Photo by © David Faike n Stacy Peterson holds #N05909, a Black-chinned Hum- mingbird banded at Rudeen Ranch in 2003. It was the very last bird caught in 2010 (and, here, photographed on 31 May), and it was recaptured every year through 2010. Banders at the ranch have recaptured several other of their own 8-year-olds, but none older. The longevity record is a 12- to 13-year-old Black-chinned captured in Durango, Colorado. Photo by © Elise Faike

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