Please report sightings to the researchers.




Cooper’s Hawks: Blue VID bands (note right or left leg and engraved numbers/letters/lines on VID band). Sharp-shinned Hawks: Either one or two color (only) bands on the same leg (note right or left leg and top/bottom color if two bands). Report to Jack Bettesworth by email or by phone at (206) 285-5276.

AMERICAN CROWS: Wanted Dead or Alive.

We still want your observations of color-banded crows. If possible, please record the color and location (top/bottom left leg, top/bottom right leg) of bands. Recently banded crows now have TWO colors AND a metal (Fish & Wildlife) band on one leg, and two colors on the other. In addition, as part of our West Nile Virus monitoring efforts in the Puget Sound area, we would like to know about any dead crows you observe. If they appear freshly dead, your county health agency may also want to test them for the virus. Please report any sightings to Dr. John Marzluff.

If you wish to donate to this research, please email the researcher.


We are conducting an inventory of Bank Swallow breeding colonies in western Washington. We’re seeking information on the locations of colonies (as exact as possible so that we can visit the sites), dates visited, and numbers of burrows that you may have counted for 2015 and past years. Thus far, almost all known colonies have been reported in the counties flanking the western Cascades, thus we’re especially interested in learning about sites present in Wahkiakum, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam, Island, and San Juan counties. Please send your colony records via email to Gary Wiles.


Colored leg bands (Peregrine Falcons, Gyrfalcons, Bald Eagles, and Common Ravens) and wing tags (Turkey Vultures) have been placed on birds at beaches at Ocean Shores, Grayland, and the Long Beach Peninsula.  Please note band or tag code, color, date, time, and location. Report sightings by email to Dan Varlandor at (360) 591-5959. For information on how to make a donation to the nonprofit research and education organization Coastal Raptors, click here.


Site Fidelity and Breeding Dispersal Study
Color VID bands – purple bands on males left leg and orange bands on female right legs – placed on recently fledged juvenile Cooper’s Hawks in Seattle.  This is a continuation of the long-term study on Cooper’s Hawks initiated by Jack Bettesworth, who placed blue VID bands on many urban nesting Cooper’s Hawks.  Report details on sightings (time, place, number/letter combination on bands) to Ed Deal.


Color bands were placed on nestling Ferruginous and Swainson’s hawks in the Columbia Gorge area of the Columbia Basin (Oregon and Washington) spring 2007-2013. This is part of a cooperative wind-power funded monitoring effort between Northwest Wildlife Consultants, Inc., Oregon and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and various wind-power companies. Banding may continue in the same general area in 2014. All chicks were banded with a unique color band on one leg and a metal band on the other leg. Please note color band combination, date, and location. Report all sightings by email to Rick Gerhardt, Northwest Wildlife Consultants, Inc. or by phone at (541) 848-3294.


The Wildlife Conservation Trust and Pilchuck Audubon Society have partnered to update the 2007 Great Blue Herons in Puget Sound assessment and we are requesting help from the public in locating colonies and collecting information on them. If you know of a colony please email Brian Zinke or submit your observations using our online form. If you’d like to help with longer-term monitoring of a colony, we are looking for volunteers for that, as well. For more information please visit our project webpage.


The Merlin Falcon Foundation (a 501{c}3 organization) invites you to participate in a regional citizen scientist investigation of the little-known Coastal Forest Merlin. Please visit our evolving website and help our national educational programs on behalf of Merlins. We gratefully acknowledge your year-round Merlin observations. Thank you for becoming a Merlin Steward and “Helping to Keep ’em Wild!”  Share your photos and insights toward a national book publication with full acknowledgment. Please contact David Drummond by email  or at PO Box 4123, Bellingham WA 98227, or call (360) 671-3804.
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Call for resightings of color banded merlins in Seattle and surrounding suburbs for a study investigating annual breeding and wintering site fidelity and movements, and juvenile dispersal. Merlins have been banded with red bands or blue bands. Red bands are coded with two digit white numbers and will be read left to right and have a white dot separating the two-digit numbers encircling the band. Blue bands are coded with two character letters, stacked vertically, and will be read top to bottom. If you spot these banded birds, please report to Ben Vang-Johnson by email or 206-276-1095, noting band color, band code, date, and specific location (such as a street address, intersection, or GPS coordinates). Even partial information on band code will be useful.


Site fidelity and breeding dispersal study. Black bands with white number/letter combinations have been placed on nestling and adult Peregrine Falcons for the last 20 years in the Seattle area.  Seattle birds have been found as far away as Vancouver BC and Los Angeles, CA.  Other researchers on the West Coast also using the same color bands – e.g., two Oregon birds now residing in Seattle.  Number/letter relationships on bands are possible to read with a spotting scope (and luck). Note date and location. Report to Ed Deal.


We have color-marked more than 500 crows, as well as many other songbirds in the area and would appreciate any sightings of these. Be on the lookout for banded robins, Wilson’s Warblers, Swainson’s Thrushes, Song Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Oregon Juncos, Winter and Bewick’s wrens, and Pacific-slope Flycatchers. If possible, please record the color and location (top/bottom left leg, top/bottom right leg) of bands. Please report any sightings to Dr. John Marzluff.

If you wish to donate to this research, please email the researcher.


The Olympic Vulture Study is currently working on the demographics of our Pacific Northwest vultures. Any sightings from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho will be welcomed. As always, date, location, and number of birds is needed. If possible, report weather, time, and any aspect of behavior. Please send to Diann MacRae, 22622 – 53rd Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98021.


The San Juan Islands Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project has placed colored leg bands on birds translocated to San Juan Island during the breeding season and on chicks hatched since 2008. Each leg has a unique combination of two colored bands to assist in monitoring birds during this five-year study. Please note the color combination for each leg, date, and observed location, and send information by email to Barbara Jensen or to San Juan Islands Audubon Society, (360) 378-3068.

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