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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  26/05/2024 FRP    BVEB   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ Ile Chauvet Chapelle vincent burotV
C  26/05/2024 FRP    FISW   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ L'Île Chauvet CYPRES 2 vincent burot
C  26/05/2024 FRP    FEHP   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ CYPRES vincent burot
C  26/05/2024 FRP    FBTT   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ La Cour vincent burot
C  26/05/2024 FRP    0DIE   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ CYPRES vincent burot
C  26/05/2024 FRP    ODIE   FR Vendée BOIS-DE-CÉNÉ cyprès vincent burot
C  25/05/2024 FRP    ARNE   FR Nièvre TRESNAY Les Rivas Jean-Jacques Limoges
C  25/05/2024 FRP    ADLD   FR Eure FOULBEC Ranvier, Géraud
C  25/05/2024 FRP    AYBN   FR Eure FOULBEC Route de Saint Sulpice Ranvier, Géraud
C  24/05/2024 FRP    OCRA   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL-SAINT-MÊME PY58- Petite Rivière.- haut nid2 JAVEL Jean-Luc
C  24/05/2024 FRP    BHZR   FR Charente-Maritime BEAUGEAY Les renfermis (NE) - cigogne 4 Christophe DUFOUR
C  24/05/2024 FRP    FCBC   FR Eure FOULBEC Route de Saint Sulpice Yvon Julien
C  24/05/2024 FRP    FOWZ   FR Seine-Maritime SAINT-MARTIN-DE-BOSCHERVILLE Route de Sahurs Fabrice Gallien
C  24/05/2024 FRP    DDEI   France Landes Riviere-Saas-et-Gourby Route du Bergeras BRUNI Olivier
C  23/05/2024 FRP    BUMS   FR Vendée SAINT-DENIS-DU-PAYRÉ Rue de Lattre Meuraillon yohan
C  23/05/2024 FRP    ARAZ   FR Eure MALLEVILLE-SUR-LE-BEC Centre d'enfouissement des déchets Yvon Julien
C  23/05/2024 FRP    FDCV   FR Charente-Maritime BEAUGEAY Rue du Petit Village Christophe DUFOUR
C  23/05/2024 FRP    BEWB   FR Charente-Maritime BEAUGEAY Rue de Gratte Chat Christophe DUFOUR
C  22/05/2024 HES    ST486   FR Meuse VOID-VACON LEPRON Rémy
C  22/05/2024 FRP    ABH53   FR Vosges Charmes Etang SRDE Ferbus Hubert
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    FRAB   6003.439 km
FRP    FPLR   4315.770 km
FRP    AZBX   3770.249 km
FRP    BLBB   3705.739 km
 
CenterColour-ringLongevity /ringing
(observed for 1 year)
 
FRP    PO889   11876 days
FRP    PO1429   11526 days
FRS    1755   11508 days
FRP    PO1713   11198 days
FRP    PO3407   9723 days

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