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Oriole Banding Data Analysis

 

Baltimore Oriole

Bullock's Oriole

Total Number Banded

87,697

11,455

Number Recaptured or Found Dead

755

218

Percent Recaptured or Found Dead

0.86%

1.90%

 

Canada Goose

Mallard

Total Number Banded

2,991,538

5,935,960

Number Recaptured or Found Dead

594,114

878,704

Percent Recaptured or Found Dead

19.85%

14.80%

  • Why are so many more geese and ducks banded than orioles? Because geese and ducks are game birds, researchers keep close tabs on their numbers and movements to ensure that their populations are doing okay.
  • Why are so many more geese and ducks recaptured or found dead than orioles? The most important predators for geese and ducks are humans. And the vast majority of hunters look for leg bands and report them when found. After all, hunters want to help ensure that their favorite game birds have healthy populations!

 
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