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The practice of catching birds, marking them with an identifying band around the leg, and then releasing them.
- ‘In the late 1950s when youthful Chris Mead was bird ringing at Barn Elms Reservoir, I was an even younger budding ringer at Beddington Sewage Farm, and we often caught each other's birds.’
- ‘Most activities start from 10 am and include nature trails, bird ringing, hurdle making (fashionable this), charcoal, wood turning and pole lathing.’
- ‘This year, the ‘Delhibird’, group and the Bombay Natural History Society organised a three-day bird ringing camp at Basai, a swampy bird-rich habitat just outside Gurgaon (Haryana).’
- ‘Bird ringing for scientific purposes started in Denmark in 1889, when H.D. Mortensen released Starlings that were fitted with metal rings engraved with successive numbers and a return address.’
- ‘All birds were caught with mistnets at night on intertidal flats in the Wadden Sea (under Dutch bird ringing center license numbers 851 and 351 for knots and turnstones, respectively).’
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