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Survival of aluminum and monel bands on black brant

January 1, 1988

Three recoveries of Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) were recently reported in the "Significant Encounters" section of North American Bird Bander (Anon. 1986). At the time of recovery these Brant were 21.5, 22 and at least 22.5 years old. The significance of these recoveries caught my attention as all were of birds banded on the Yukon Delta, Alaska in 1963 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In that year bands made of monel metal, a corrosion-resistant alloy consisting mainly of nickel and copper, were used for the first time in anticipation that they would survive significantly longer than standard aluminum bands in the estuarine and marine habitats used by Brant. Follow-up studies of the experimental banding were conducted by the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge of which I was manager from 1964-1975.

Publication Year 1988
Title Survival of aluminum and monel bands on black brant
Authors Calvin J. Lensink
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title North American Bird Bander
Index ID 70184466
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Alaska Science Center