As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Canuck, Vancouver’s most famous crow, is now a federally-protected bird

Vancouver’s most famous crow is now a federally-protected bird.

Canuck the Crow has been granted a numbered bird band — a tool that researchers use to track bird populations and migration.

Shawn Bergman, Canuck’s human “friend,” applied for the official designation, one he said is rarely handed out to crows.

“From what I’ve been told he’s the first crow in North America to be banded for non-research, non-endangerment purposes,” said Bergman.

According to the federal government, bird banding is typically used for “ornithological research, monitoring and conservation by contributing to basic scientific knowledge about birds and the environments in which they live.”

About 1.2 million birds are banded every year, it said, with Mallard Ducks and Canada Geese being the most common, with applicants typically required to submit a proposal for scientific research.

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