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Old Thursday 1st June 2017, 13:29   #1
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LPBO reaches one million!

Congratulations to the Long Point Bird Observatory, Lake Erie, Ontario, Canada, which just recorded its millionth bird banded! Many congratulations and general huzzahs to them!

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Wow, that's impressive! I know a few people who have interned up there. How long have they been banding?
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Since spring of 1960; they're the longest continually-operating banding station in Canada, and one of the longest in the Americas.

Interestingly (but I suppose not surprisingly), the pace of banding has really been picking up - the first 500,000 were banded between 1960-1994 (35 years, inclusive) while the second 500,000 were banded between 1994-2017 (effectively 26 1/2 years, since this only includes the spring '17 season).

The reason I remember the 500,000 mark so well is that the Observatory had a contest back then to guess the species of the 500,000th bird - I won! Prize was one week at the Tip Station, and a bottle of local sparkling something. The trip was terrific (Long Point Tip being one of the best locations in Canada), but the bubbly not so much - the Tip Cabin had no refrigeration back then, so we had to drink it warm.

Sadly - no contest this time :-(

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