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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  21/06/2021 FRP    BMWZ   FR Moselle TETING-SUR-NIED Unnamed Road KLEIN Dominique
C  21/06/2021 FRP    ARDU   FR Charente-Maritime DOLUS-D'OLÉRON Allée des Albatros ROUET FLAVIE
C  20/06/2021 ?    FCZL   NL Meierijstad Gemeente SINT-OEDENRODE Damianenweg Verhagen, H.M.L.
C  20/06/2021 FRP    BDBA   FR Charente-Maritime MARENNES-HIERS-BROUAGE L'Île d'Herablais BRIEN Françoise
C  20/06/2021 FRP    BHZR   FR Charente-Maritime MARENNES-HIERS-BROUAGE L'Île d'Herablais BRIEN Françoise
C  20/06/2021 FRP    ASZN   FR Charente-Maritime MARENNES-HIERS-BROUAGE Prise de Foursil BRIEN Françoise
C  20/06/2021 FRP    BCVM   FR Charente-Maritime MARENNES-HIERS-BROUAGE Rue du Port BRIEN Françoise
C  20/06/2021 FRP    BPYC   FR Vendée ANGLES Le Terrier du Four PIRIO Maxime
C  18/06/2021 FRP    FPEC   FR Moselle GUESSLING-HÉMERING Impasse du Chêne KLEIN Dominique
R  18/06/2021 FRP    FHED   FR Moselle LELLING Rue de la Nied KLEIN Dominique
C  18/06/2021 FRP    AIPI   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL La Grande métairie BRIE, Jean-Yves
C  17/06/2021 FRP    FPSN   FR Moselle IMLING Place du Puits KLEIN Dominique
C  17/06/2021 FRP    AXXM   FR Moselle SARREBOURG Hoff Rue de la Montée KLEIN Dominique
C  17/06/2021 FRP    BASN   FR Moselle AZOUDANGE Rue Principale KLEIN Dominique
C  17/06/2021 FRP    AIXW   FRANCE AIN st nizier le désert Chateau de la Vaize PIERSON Jacques
C  17/06/2021 FRP    FBYW   FR Hérault VILLEVEYRAC Unnamed Road GIOSA Pascal
C  17/06/2021 FRP    FHSW   FR Hérault VILLEVEYRAC Le Sesquie GIOSA Pascal
C  17/06/2021 FRP    FHSI   FR Hérault VILLEVEYRAC Le Sesquie GIOSA Pascal
C  17/06/2021 FRP    F1C2   FR Hérault VILLEVEYRAC Unnamed Road GIOSA Pascal
C  17/06/2021 FRP    ACSZ   FR Calvados VALAMBRAY Unnamed Road Leclerc François
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    AZBX   3770.249 km
FRP    BLBB   3705.739 km
FRP    AXPV   3667.156 km
FRP    AXZC   3648.536 km
 
CenterColour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
 
FRP    P0315   11672 days
FRP    P1713   10189 days
FRP    AADF   7245 days
FRP    AAHZ   7242 days
FRP    AAAA   7207 days

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