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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  17/06/2024 ?    CCW2   FR Nièvre MARS-SUR-ALLIER Clotaire Lucien
C  16/06/2024 DER    AZ807   FR Nord EPPE-SAUVAGE Rue de Touvent seignez hubert
C  16/06/2024 FRP    BLCT   FR Somme SAIGNEVILLE Val de Saint Valery François MERANGER
C  16/06/2024 FRP    BNYX   DE Rheinland-Pfalz WINDEN Mühlstraße Eric Fuhrmann
C  16/06/2024 FRP    BNZC   DE Rheinland-Pfalz WINDEN Kirchstraße Eric Fuhrmann
C  15/06/2024 FRP    FNHE   FR Oise SAINT-PIERRE-ES-CHAMPS Chemin des Tourbières Henry de Lestanville
C  15/06/2024 FRP    FSAS   FR Seine-Maritime CERLANGUE (LA) Route de Saint-Romain Mayen Gabriel
C  15/06/2024 FRP    BHRE   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-THOMAS-DE-CONAC Basse rue WEST Hazel
C  14/06/2024 FRP    AVAX   FR Charente-Maritime CHAMPDOLENT GENDRE Nicolas
C  13/06/2024 FRP    BDZZ    FR Bas-Rhin HAGUENAU BRAEUNER Pierre
C  13/06/2024 FRP    BVWY   FR Moselle LANDANGE Rue des Grands Jardins Marande Prescillia
C  13/06/2024 FRP    AUUI   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-SULPICE-DE-ROYAN Devautour Fabienne
C  13/06/2024 FRP    BCVE   FR Charente-Maritime SAUJON La Bourdiniere Devautour Fabienne
C  12/06/2024 DEW    4V247   FR Aube BRÉVONNES Jean DELANNOY
C  12/06/2024 FRP    AERY   FR Somme SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-TOURMONT Parc du Marquenterre Mathilde Varlet
C  12/06/2024 FRP    AVTU   FR Charente-Maritime SAUJON Rue du Monard GENDRE Nicolas
C  12/06/2024 FRP    FRSM   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-LOUP Enselme Gianni
C  12/06/2024 FRP    0DEH   FR Vendée CHATEAUNEUF Vincent
C  11/06/2024 FRP    BEWU   FR Charente-Maritime MARENNES-HIERS-BROUAGE Route de Reux GENDRE Nicolas
C  11/06/2024 FRP    BEHB   FR Charente-Maritime SAINT-JUST-LUZAC Route de Reux GENDRE Nicolas
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    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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