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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  21/02/2024 DER    A2J62   FR Charente MERPINS Merpins Vieux Bourg Lavoué Pascal
C  21/02/2024 FRP    AHLG   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-JEAN-D'ANGLE bourg nouveau NOËL Bernard
C  20/02/2024 FRP    FCVI   FR Aisne QUIERZY Rue du Martin Pré KASPRZYK Richard
C  20/02/2024 FRP    FHXA   FR Somme SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-TOURMONT Chemin des Garennes Bruno LEVASSEUR
C  19/02/2024 ?    2131   BL Namur GEMBLOUX Chaussée de Tirlemont Jeremie Hynderick de Theulegoet
C  19/02/2024 ?    X7C53   FR Drôme CHÂTEAUNEUF-SUR-ISÈRE Route d?Aiguille Philippe metais
C  19/02/2024 FRP    FCZP   FR Seine-Maritime CERLANGUE (LA) BENOIST Olivier
C  19/02/2024 FRP    ADMM   FR Seine-Maritime SAINT-VIGOR-D'YMONVILLE BENOIST Olivier
C  19/02/2024 FRP    FCDL   FR Seine-Maritime SAINT-JEAN-DE-FOLLEVILLE Avenue 3 BENOIST Olivier
C  19/02/2024 FRP    FMRS   FR Seine-Maritime SAINT-VIGOR-D'YMONVILLE BENOIST Olivier
C  18/02/2024 FRP    BCSX   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-FROULT BRIEN Françoise
C  18/02/2024 FRP    FRUY   FR Vosges GÉRARDMER Boulevard de Saint-Dié Jacques Martin
C  18/02/2024 FRP    FRUV   FR Vosges GÉRARDMER Boulevard de Saint-Dié Martin Jacques
C  18/02/2024 DER    AV645   FR Ain VILLARS-LES-DOMBES Archambault Van Rooij, Paul Petit
C  18/02/2024 ?    SM012   FR Ain VILLARS-LES-DOMBES Archambault Van Rooij, Paul Petit
C  18/02/2024 DER    AK031   FR Ain VILLARS-LES-DOMBES Archambault Van Rooij, Paul Petit
C  18/02/2024 DER    A9762   FR Moselle OMMERAY Rue Principale Goin Nicolas
C  18/02/2024 DER    A5680   FR Moselle LINDRE-BASSE Rue Principale Goin Nicolas
C  18/02/2024 FRP    BUHS   FR Bas-Rhin KESKASTEL Rue du Faubourg OSTER Sandrine
C  18/02/2024 ?    ZMM   FR Bas-Rhin SARRE-UNION Route de Phalsbourg OSTER Sandrine
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
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   11876 days
FRP    PO1429   11526 days
FRS    1755   11508 days
FRP    PO1713   10845 days
FRP    PO3407   9723 days

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