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The programme focuses on the study of the biology, dynamics and migratory behavior of the White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). This species had almost disappeared in the 1970's, its population having been restricted to only 11 pairs in the east of France. Since then, thanks to conservation programmes, protection laws, the prohibition of hunting of this species, and better climatic conditions for wintering birds in Africa, etc ... the French population has been revitalized, bringing new hope for the species. Today, around 4,500 pairs breed across the country and, every year, 2 large migratory movements can be noted.

In recent years, the White Stork has been able to adapt both to climatic threats, but also to human activities, present in both its breeding areas and in wintering grounds. This large migratory species, originally moving to sub-Saharan areas, now tends to spend time on African soil and is wintering more and more in local wetlands and also on the open dumps in France, Spain and Portugal.

While the ringing procedure of these birds can offer a certain level of data it is, of course, the subsequent controls or ring-reading that provides the most useful information. Thus, much scientific knowledge has been acquired through observers noting the individual ring codes: departure and arrival dates on migration, new wintering areas, proximity to the birth site of an individual, survival rate of ringed individuals, etc. ...

This online database was therefore created to allow you to send us your ring-reading codes of any White Stork you may see. Your participation will allow us to write the life-story of each ringed bird. You can also, thanks to the DARVIC ring codes, consult the history of the observed individual.

The last 20 sightings
If you manage to read the code on a ring that is different to, or not listed on this website, please contact the following:
- Ring-reading of a single metal ring (ie: no colour-ring): contact us at info@acrola.fr
- A foreign ring: contact the French Ringing Centre (www.crbpo@mnhn.fr) or send the details via the CR Birding website (www.cr-birding.org)
- If you notice an error or omission on this website: please contact us at info@acrola.fr
 V Action DateCenterColour-ringCountryDepartmentNearest townArea/SiteObserversRinger  
C  26/01/2022 FRP    BNVA   NL West Betuwe HELLOUW Meikampgraaf Wim Jongejan
C  26/01/2022 FRP    FBUY   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ L'Île Jean Vincent Burot
C  25/01/2022 DER    A8920   FR Drôme CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-RHÔNE Rue Joseph Cugnot AUBENAS André
C  25/01/2022 FRP    BPDB   FR Drôme CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-RHÔNE AUBENAS André
C  25/01/2022 FRP    APIR   FR Drôme CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-RHÔNE AUBENAS André
C  25/01/2022 FRP    BSLY   FR Drôme CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-RHÔNE AUBENAS André
C  25/01/2022 FRP    AUMS   FR Drôme CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-RHÔNE AUBENAS André
C  25/01/2022 FRP    AICA   FR Landes CANDRESSE Galissaire Olivier BRUNI
C  25/01/2022 FRP    BACC   FR Landes CANDRESSE Route de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul BRUNI Olivier
C  25/01/2022 FRP    FDNZ   FR Landes CANDRESSE Route de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Olivier BRUNI
C  24/01/2022 DEW    1X377   FR Moselle PONTPIERRE Rue de Métring Klein Dominique
C  24/01/2022 DER    AY336   FR Moselle PONTPIERRE Rue de Téting Klein Dominique
C  24/01/2022 DER    A5564   FR Moselle PONTPIERRE Rue des Écoles Klein Dominique
C  24/01/2022 DER    A5680   FR Moselle PONTPIERRE Rue Saint-Germain Klein Dominique
C  24/01/2022 FRP    BAVX   FR Moselle PONTPIERRE Rue Saint-Germain Klein Dominique
C  24/01/2022 FRP    AUCU   FR Moselle PONTPIERRE Rue de Métring Klein Dominique
C  24/01/2022 FRP    FHEY   FR Moselle PONTPIERRE Rue Saint-Germain Klein Dominique
C  24/01/2022 FRP    BDWL   FR Gironde NAUJAC-SUR-MER Décharge Pascal Grisser
C  24/01/2022 FRP    BTTX   FR Gironde NAUJAC-SUR-MER Décharge Pascal Grisser
C  24/01/2022 FRP    BLDT   FR Gironde NAUJAC-SUR-MER Décharge Pascal Grisser
This stork, with its three coloured rings and its metal ring engraved P 0315 was ringed by Alain Fleury in Teich en Gironde Park on 8 June 1989.

It has just been seen and photographed in the same park on 8 May 2021 by Rémi Landeau, i.e. 11657 days (almost 32 years) after its ringing, which makes it, to our knowledge, the oldest living stork.

 Top 5 furthest
from their ringing location
 Top 5 longest-lived
 
CenterColour-ringDistance  
FRP    AZSH   9224.713 km
FRP    FPES   4278.106 km
FRP    AZBX   3770.249 km
NLA       3748.572 km
FRP    BLBB   3705.739 km
 
CenterColour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
 
FRP    PO0315   11672 days
FRP    PO1713   10189 days
FRP    AAHZ   7523 days
FRP    AAPL   7515 days
FRP    AAAA   7501 days

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