Bean goose ringing on Kolguev 2013

Juvenile Beans were marked with legrings

Like we did in our last expeditions we also caught several Bean Geese on Kolguev 2013. As usual adult birds were marked with yellow neckbands, but some of the juvenile Beans were just too small for collars. So we dicided to mark them with white legrings which can also be reported via

Tracking Bean Geese

On 2-11-2008 and 18-11-2008 we caught Bean Geese successfully at Saxonia (Germany) and marked them with yellow neckbands. Additionally three males were equipped with satellite-transmitters to study their space use and lateron their migration behaviour.
Just during the first days some of the geese were reported from a site approximatly 70km away from the ringing location while most of the birds stayed there and were seen again the next day.
All satellite-tracked birds can be followed by the website. Go here!

Tundra Bean (photo) geese are more common than Taiga Bean geese

Ringing along the Oder River

In cooperation with the Dutch Goose-catcher Society, we continued our study of the migration routes of Bean geese at Brandenburg. We caught Beans (and White-fronts, as well) and marked them with yellow neckbands. Additionally we sampled them for the avian flu virus (H5N1). Furthermore, all birds were x-rayed, in order to estimate the percentage of birds carrying shotgun-pellets.

Sightings of the marked birds can be reported via the new web site Here you`ll get all ringing data and a complete sighting list.
Please view, especially, the Taiga Bean goose. In future we`ll focus on this subspecies, which might be a threatened bird subspecies.


Immature Bean goose ringed on Kolguyev in August 2006

Bean Goose ringing on Kolguev

During our scientific expeditions to Kolguyev Island (Northern Russia) in 2006 and 2007, we have more than 40 Bean geese on the breeding grounds. All of them were marked with yellow neckbands with a large "P". In 2008 we`ll continue this ringing work on the Bean goose.