Ringing exists in France since 1923. This method of marking using a numbered ring allows to document the future and the travels of birds. It remains the main method of monitoring at large-scale of individual birds. This activity is managed by the Centre de Recherche sur la Biologie des Populations dOiseaux (CRBPO) of the Muséum National dHistoire Naturelle (MNHN) under authority of the ministry in charge of ecology. The CRBPO leads national studies, done by a network of more then 400 ringers.
The CRBPO also instructes the exemptions- and archives the data - for all other research programs using on to the numbered metallic rings in France. CRBPO works in partership with research institutes (CNRS, IRD, Universities, ONCFS, ONF, ...), associations and local collectivities. These researches would be totally impossible without the collectif work of the volunteers and professionals ringers, as well as data centralisation. The data presented here were collected in their great majority by volunteers either by ringers or the public who informs the CRBPO about the discovery of ringed birds. French ringing included more than 600 ringers who ring more than 350 000 birds annualy! All the collected information is archived in a national database housed by the CRBPO. The present site allows you to explore this database, in order to get more knowledge on the migrations, and the functioning of the populations of birds.
Note that the database you consult contains only the numerised data. An huge part of the historic archives of ringing was not computerized yet. However, since the year 2000, the entire data are numerised, thus the database is exhaustive for recent years.
The standard quotation to be used to make a reference to data or results extracted from the database managed by the CRBPO is: Dehorter O. & CRBPO (year of consultation). Base de données de baguage et déplacements d'oiseaux de France / Bird ringing and movement database for France. Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. http://crbpo.mnhn.fr/. Consulté le / Accessed on day/month/year of consultation of the data.
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