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Connecting people through birds: insights from colour-ringing seabirds

Ringed Juvenile Common Tern ©

Friday 05 October, 7.00 – 8.00pm.  Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

Although uniquely-numbered metal rings have been used to study bird movements, migration and survival rates for many years, useful information is only generated if the bird is recaptured or found dead. In addition to metal rings, coloured plastic rings inscribed with simple codes that are readable with good optics are increasingly being used for specific projects. Such colour rings offer a powerful approach for gaining new insights into bird biology and provide additional value from national and international birding.

In this talk, Dr Chris Redfern will describe some initial results from colour-ringing projects on seabirds in Northumberland and what we hope to learn in the future.