WI - Cormorant Research Group Projects & Requests for information Last updated on 17-10-2011

Projects and request for information
on cormorants and related subjects

from European countries

Albania - Belarus - Belgium - Bulgaria - Channel Islands - Croatia - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - European Union - Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Iceland - Israel - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania - Malta - Norway - Poland - Portugal , Rumania - Russia - Slovenia - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - The Netherlands - Ukraine - United Kingdom - Yugoslavia

from non European countries

Australia - Brazil - Canada - South Africa - United States of America

International Study Group

Barcelona Convention -

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[Brazil 2] REQUEST - Tayla Coelho (Curitiba-PR, Brazil) is studying hierarchy in Neotropic Cormorants; she is interested in how to catch adult. If you can help, write her at this email address or the Webmaster. [posted on 03.12.2002]

[Brazil 1] REQUEST - Tayla Coelho (Curitiba-PR, Brazil) is carring on a study on the behaviour of the Phalacrocorax brasilianus Gmelin, 1789) and is looking for information and literature on that species. If you can help, write her at this email address or the Webmaster. [posted on 02.7.2001]


European Union
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[EU4] PROJECT - This first pan Euroepan census of the Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) population wintering in Europe and North Africa will be carried out in mid-January 2003. The project is coordinated by Loic Marion (western Europe and North Africa) and Rosemarie Parz-Gollner (central and eastern Europe). Here find the announcement and download forms and instructions with information on aims, when, where and how count Great cormorants.

[EU3] PROJECT - Stefano Volponi (University of Ferrara, Italy) and Paul J. Voskamp (Province Limburg, NL) have recently started a GIS-project aimed to define the distribution of Pygmy cormorant (P. pygmeus) colonies in Europe. All people who are interested in the project and/or have information on cormorant colonies may contact the project coordinators.

[EU2] PROJECT - Stefano Volponi (University of Ferrara, Italy) with the cooperation of the members of the REDCAFE project and the WI Cormorants Research Group, has recently started a GIS-project aimed to define the distribution, size and trend of Great cormorant (P. carbo) breeding colonies in Europe. Up to now, many cormorant-specialists from most of the European counties have been contacted. All researchers showed interest in the project and several of them have already sent information on colony geographical coordinates and/or numbers of breeding pairs (preliminary map). Preliminary results of this GIS-project were shown at the second REDCAFE workshop (Lelystad, NL - October 2001).

At present, the database includes data for: Albania, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine, former Yugoslavia.

All people who are interested in the project and/or have information on cormorant colonies may contact the Webmaster.

[EU1] PROJECT - The "REDCAFE project" - Reducing the Conflict between Cormorants and Fisheries on a pan-European Scale. See a poster by D. N. Carss on the project (RECAFEposter.pdf 413 Kb); download the Final report (2003)

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[F1] PROJECT - The cormorant breeding program in Normandy carried out by Guillaume et Gérard Debout has just started, with the ringing of 33 birds on the colony of Saint-Marcouf on the 4th of May. The program has the objectives of answer to the following questions :
- where do they go in winter ?
- is the exploration capacity of the birds linked with the context of growing: in isolated or grouped nets, from early or late nests ?

The combination of rings are :
- a metallic ring and two coloured rings (combination of 2 colours among four : red, blue, white and green) on the first leg (left or right);
- a broad coloured ring on the other leg (right or left) :
* for Saint-Marcouf a blue one with white letter and number : a "M", a short white line and a number (2 for 2002, 3 for 2003 and so on);
* for Chausey, a white one with black letter and number : a "C", a short black line and a number (2 for 2002, 3 for 2003 and so on).

For half of the birds "M" or "C" are on top and the number 2 at bottom, for the other half, this is the number which is on top and the letter at bottom.

We hope that birdwatchers and specially cormorant watchers will contact these birds: we know that some norman born birds travel to south-east England and north of the Netherlands.

United Kingdom
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[UK2] [posted on 06.06.2002] REQUEST / PROJECT - from Martyn Kennedy: "Over the last few years I have been working on the systematics of the Pelecaniformes. I have managed to obtain samples for molecular work from most of the members of this group, but I am still missing some species. I appreciate that some of these species may be difficult to get a hold of, but I would like to get as complete a data set as possible to try and resolve the relationships of the different members of this group. Species from the oriental region that I have not been able to get include: the Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis), the Little (or Javanese) Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger), the Oriental (or Indian or Asian) Darter (Anhinga melanogaster), the Christmas Island Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) and any pelicans. If anyone can supply samples from any of these species or has any suggestions about people or institutions to contact (for example, museums, zoos or universities etc) I would greatly appreciate it. If you can think of anyone or any place that may either have samples from any of these species (for example, in a freezer or in ethanol) or that may be working with these species and be willing to take samples for me, I would greatly appreciate your suggestions. [NZ Science & Technology Post-Doctoral Fellow, D.E.E.B., I.B.L.S., Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland, U.K.]

[UK1] REQUEST - The Goldcliff Ringing Group is undertaking a study of cormorants in Gwent and is looking for help from anyone who can provide sightings of birds seen in the County. 

In July 2000, 26 birds were ringed in Gwent with standard BTO metal rings.  Starting in June 2001, birds caught in the County will be fitted with colour plastic “Darvic” rings and BTO rings.  We are therefore keen to receive any records of cormorants, but especially those where birds are sporting rings.  The details we are looking for are set out in this form. We would however be pleased to receive details of any sightings, therefore if you are not able to complete all the boxes on the form please do not be put off, we would still like to hear from you. We will provide feedback on ringing details to anyone who identifies any of the birds we have caught previously.  If you would prefer to telephone or e-mail the details of your sighting please contact Richard Clarke on 01633 615581 or richard.clarke@care4free.net

[Webmaster note: please, consider that data on colour-ringed birds seen in UK should be reported to the national colour-ring coordinators who, for Cormorants, is Stewart Newson. For a full list of all the Cormorant colour-ring projects go to this webpage]


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[USA1] Research on the "Economic Impact and Management of Bird Predation at Aquaculture Facilities in the Southeastern U.S." Project Leader: Dr. Scott C. Barras, USDA/APHIS/WS/NWRC, Mississippi Field Station, Mississippi State University, MS 39762-6099.

[USA2] (2010/08/11) - Researchers in the United States at Oregon State University, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Real Time Research, Inc. are working to synthesize information on the predator-prey relationship between piscivorous birds and anadromous salmonids from across the world. They request that any biologists and/or managers with experience studying these predator-prey relationships take a short on-line survey. The survey can be accessed at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/salmonandbirds Results will be used to better assess impacts of piscivorous birds on anadromous salmonids within a global context, and used for research purposes only. Individual responses will be kept private; only aggregate data will be shared with the scientific and management communities.  Researcher are interested in responses from involved individuals from all backgrounds (e.g., fisheries biologists, avian ecologists, general marine biologists, fisheries managers, etc.). Assistance distributing this announcement to other potentially interested individuals and/or groups would also be appreciated. Many thanks to those who have time to participate in this survey. (Don Lyons - Oregon State Univ.)

Barcelona Convention
"for the protection of the marine environment and the coastal region of the Mediterranean"

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[BARC-CONV1] The UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan has recently approved a Bird Action Plan, covering 15 Mediterranean birds, mostly seabirds though including honorary seabirds like Osprey and Eleonora's Falcon. Among these are two Cormorants, Pygmy Cormorant and European Shag (subsp desmaresti).
More details on the
special conservation measures for Mediterranean cormorants. For more information on the Action Plan for Birds in the Mediterranean, contact RAC/SPA at car-asp@rac-spa.org or consult the RAC/SPA website at www.rac-spa.org.tn.

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