National Harvest Survey: wingbee

The name "Wingbee" was chosen to represent the annual event where experts from the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and representatives of other wildlife agencies and the public gather to sort through duck and woodcock wings and goose tail feathers sent in by hunters. The objective is to identify the species, age, and sex of all birds from which the samples were taken.

Here are some facts about the Wingbee and the use of the Species Composition Survey data:

General facts

Over 15 000 wings are processed annually at the Wingbee.

The Wingbee is organized by the National Harvest Survey Coordinator in collaboration with regional CWS offices. It is held during January or February at a different regional or provincial CWS office each year:

How wings are identified

Uses of data from the Species Composition Survey (SCS)

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