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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  02/02/2023 FRP    FIWE   FR Haute-Saône GEVIGNEY-ET-MERCEY Charles Sylvain
C  02/02/2023 FRP    FDRE   FR Gironde SAINT-VINCENT-DE-PAUL NOEL Alain
C  02/02/2023 FRP    FHXP   FR Calvados VALAMBRAY Leclerc François
C  02/02/2023 FRP    FPYT   FR Moselle BISTROFF Klein Dominique
C  01/02/2023 FRP    BUPT   FR Loire-Atlantique SAINT-ÉTIENNE-DE-MONTLUC CHABLE, Patrick
C  01/02/2023 FRP    AAYY   FR Calvados BLONVILLE-SUR-MER Marais de blonville sur mer DELASALLE Alexandrine
C  31/01/2023 FRP    ANNI   FR Manche SAINT-FROMOND Chateau de La Rivière Vimard Gilbert
C  31/01/2023 FRP    ARWR   FR Loire-Atlantique MACHECOUL-SAINT-MÊME Le Vivier JAVEL Jean-Luc
C  31/01/2023 FRP    FDMV   FR Pas-de-Calais LA CALOTERIE marcel martel
C  31/01/2023 FRP    ALIX   FR Haut-Rhin RUMERSHEIM-LE-HAUT Rue de Munchhouse SCHELCHER Thierry
C  30/01/2023 FRP    AHDH   FR Haut-Rhin RIEDISHEIM Rue d'Alsace REGISSER Bernard
C  30/01/2023 FRP    AYVY   FR Ain VERSAILLEUX étang des feinières GREZES JEAN PHILIPPE
C  30/01/2023 FRP    FILW   FR Landes CANDRESSE Route de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul BRUNI Olivier
C  30/01/2023 FRP    FDNZ   FR Landes CANDRESSE Route de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul BRUNI Olivier
C  30/01/2023 FRP    BACC   FR Landes CANDRESSE Route de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul BRUNI Olivier
C  30/01/2023 FRP    BABX   FR Landes CANDRESSE Route de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul BRUNI Olivier
C  29/01/2023 FRP    BCUE   FR Charente-Maritime MOËZE GEAY Yves
C  29/01/2023 FRP    ANHE   FR Calvados SAINT-SAMSON Route de Rouen SOURIOU Robin
C  29/01/2023 FRP    BCCD   FR Charente-Maritime MARENNES-HIERS-BROUAGE HERVE Théo
C  29/01/2023 FRP    0APS   FR Loire-Atlantique SAINT-ÉTIENNE-DE-MONTLUC Olivier POISSON
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    PO1429   11091 days
FRP    PO1713   10505 days
FRP    AACP   7725 days
FRP    AAJC   7715 days
FRP    AAYA   7699 days

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