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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  31/03/2023 FRP    DDEY   FR Charente MERPINS Lavoué Pascal
C  31/03/2023 DEW    2V929   FR Charente MERPINS Lavoué Pascal
C  31/03/2023 FRP    AUAZ   DE Oberfranken BURGEBRACH Im Ried Thomas Stahl
C  31/03/2023 DER    AUAZ   DE Oberfranken BURGEBRACH Im Ried Thomas
C  30/03/2023 FRP    BHUX   FR Charente-Maritime BALLON GENDRE Nicolas
C  30/03/2023 FRP    FRAI   FR Moselle LINDRE-BASSE Rue Principale Klein Dominique Cigognes Grand Est
C  30/03/2023 FRP    FRAT   FR Moselle LINDRE-BASSE Rue Principale Klein Dominique Cigognes Grand Est
C  30/03/2023 FRP    OBVU   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL-SAINT-MÊME Saint Joseph des Ormeaux champ JAVEL Jean-Luc
C  30/03/2023 FRP    0ART   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL-SAINT-MÊME La Grande Métairie PY59 G JAVEL Jean-Luc
C  29/03/2023 FRP    BHXP   FR Haute-Saône PUSEY MAAS Samuel
C  29/03/2023 DER    AAF07   FR Vosges CHARMES Kernel Bertrand
C  29/03/2023 FRP    AL216   FR Vosges CHARMES Kernel Bertrand
C  29/03/2023 FRP    FRPA   FR Vosges CHARMES Kernel Bertrand
C  29/03/2023 FRP    A1A39   F Vosges Charmes au port chantalcarrara@orange.fr
C  29/03/2023 FRP    AL216   F Vosges Charmes Chantal Carrara
C  29/03/2023 FRP    FRPA   France Vosges Charmes Chantal Carrara
C  29/03/2023 FRP    AZPP   FRANCE MANCHE Saint Fromond Chateau de la Rivière C Burban
C  29/03/2023 DER    AY747   FR Moselle VIRMING Rue des Vergers Klein Dominique Cigognes Grand Est
C  29/03/2023 FRP    OBEM   FR Vendée CHATEAUNEUF Prairie vincent Burot
C  29/03/2023 FRP    ANSE   FR Calvados GOUSTRANVILLE Marc Deflandre
As part of a research program developed in partnership between various French and Moroccan teams working on the Stork, the site ciconiafrance.fr also hosts all the data of Storks ringed and/or controlled in Morocco.
More information : https://cr-birding.org/node/6309 .

Partners : GREPOM – BirLife International, APROCIB, ACROLA, BioSphère Environnement, CLAC Marais Breton et Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC – CNRS & Université de la Rochelle).

 Top 5 furthest
from their ringing location
 Top 5 longest-lived
 
CenterColour-ringDistance  
FRP    AZSH   9224.713 km
FRP    FPLR   4315.770 km
FRP    AZBX   3770.249 km
FRP    BLBB   3705.739 km
FRP    AXPV   3667.156 km
 
CenterColour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
 
FRP    PO889   11595 days
FRP    PO1429   11169 days
FRP    PO1713   10839 days
FRP    AAAA   7940 days
FRP    AAHZ   7938 days

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