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Recapture Data Profile Template


Summary of data file

Project number: A number BBL assigns for indexing records to this project.
Species included in study: Example: Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)
Location of study: Generally where study took place (State, specific refuge, latitude, longitude)
Time span: Time span over which data have been collected. Example 1970-1989
Number of years: Number of years in which data have been collected. Example 15
Approximate number of newly banded birds per year:
Approximate number of recaptures/resightings per year:
Approximate number of dead recoveries per year:
Number of animals with telemetry data per year:
Banding codes associated with data: Banding codes indicating what status birds had when released (experimental birds, telemetered, alive, dead; examples 3.00, 3.69; see banding manual for definitions)
Are data digitally stored:
Data access: How to get access to data.  Example: with permission from..., or archived at BBL.
Bander(s): People responsible for collection of the data
Miscellaneous: Any other pertinent information.
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Background and Motivation

It is often helpful to have some background about why the study was undertaken.  Whether it was part of a long-term monitoring project, or in response to a management need, etc.  Please be as specific and detailed as possible.  

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Spatial Information

Location of study area: General location of study area, latitude, longitude
Study area(s) and sampling changes over time: When exploring data sets, spatial issues are often of interest.  A map of the study area is often useful, with markers indicating where banding has taken place.  Often as a project continues, banders get to know their study organism better as well as the study area.  Many times the study area is expanded with an increase in the area being sampled by using more mist nets or expanding the trapping locations.  These changes amount to different populations being sampled at differing times.  Knowing how the study area  has expanded and contracted over time is necessary for some analyses.  We suggest that detailed descriptions and maps be inserted here detailing these changes.
Map/photo of study area:    insert figures and figure legends
Habitat change: Habitat change over time is also often a concern.  Any information in habitat change over time, in terms of gradual change or drastic changes caused by severe events such as a tornado or hurricane can be documented here.  Maps/photos also can be inserted.  
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Temporal Information

Time span: Time span over which data have been collected. Example 1970-1989
Number of years: Number of years in which data have been collected. Example 15
Missed years: Where there missed years in which banding didn't take place?  please detail.
Time of year for data collection: What time of year did you band?  Example Breeding season (May-June)
Coverage of study area: How long did it take to cover the study area?  If only one mist net in one location was used, then the answer would be one day or one visit.  When study areas are much larger, it may take many days or weeks to expose all the animals to possible capture.  How long it takes to expose all birds to possible capture can be important in some analyses. 
How often would the study area be sampled?: example: Daily, once a week, once a year.
Effort data: Was effort data recorded.  Example net hours, search times, etc.
Is the study ongoing?: yes/no
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Operational information

Methods used to catch birds: examples: passive mist nets, walk-in traps, bait, play-backs, active pursuit, etc.  please detail
Marking techniques used in addition to a single aluminum band: examples: double bands, color bands, neck collars, radio telemeters, etc.
If recaught birds, that had been marked in more than one way, had lost an identifier, was this noted?: Band loss or marker loss can affect survival estimates.  Thus, information on whether birds lost markers is needed.  An estimate of loss rate is most useful.
Were any of these birds experimental birds?: Are there birds in the data set that were part of a manipulative experiment that may affect future analyses.  Please detail.
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Associated data

Often banders collect additional data with recapture data.  These data come in two forms; additional data that can be included in user-defined fields in Band Manager (ex. morphometric measurements) and data which can not (ex. reproductive success). The BBL will be able to archive project-specific user-defined fields in the future.  However, knowledge and location (archived in a local natural history musuem or university) of other data that can not be stored at the BBL should also be indicated here.  

User-defined fields in Band Manager:
Please define and describe any user-defined fields in Band Manager. Examples may be wing length, fat scores (with scale), whether the bird was diseased or not, etc.
Other data:
Please describe other information that has been collected in association with this data set and is not recorded in Band Manager.  This may be reproductive success, mate pairings, nest locations, etc.
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Publications and other available information

Please list any publications or other information (web pages) that may provide information on how the data were collected and/or have been analyzed.

Other Resources:
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Contact Information about data set. Who controls access to the data, how the data can be obtained.

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Any other information that doesn't fit into above categories.

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