Finnish Museum of Natural History
The EURING Swallow Project
EURING decided to test the cooperation of European ringers, and started the EURING Swallow Project. All ringers in Europe, and gradually also the ringers of the rest of the world, can participate in the project should they wish to. The aim of the project is to learn more about this bird loved everywhere. The study focuses on all three stages of the annual cycle: breeding, migration and wintering. The project is based on the voluntary work of the bird ringers, and will last for five years. The pilot year of the project was 1997, and the official starting year 1998. Finland has been a member of this project from the beginning.
The number of ringed Swallows started to increase in Finland as soon as the project started. A number of five figures was reached for the first time in the pilot year 1997: 10,853 ringings. In 2002 a record-breaking number of 40,228 swallows were ringed. Of these, 14 % were ringed as nestlings. Of these, 19 % were ringed as nestlings. During 2005 only 8,839 swallows were ringed, but the project continues in 2006.
The swallow project has already contributed the following:
The Swallow project offers a chance for training ringing in practice. Contact a ringer working in your area, encourage him to take part in the Swallow project and volunteer as a trainee!