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1 December 2016 Bird Observatories: An Underutilized Resource For Migration Study
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Since the first bird observatory was established over a century ago, hundreds have been established around the world. Classic observatories share a focus on capture and study of birds in the hand, particularly migrants. Many professionals were first inspired by working at a bird observatory, and researchers have long been using observatory data and facilities in collaborative studies. Results from observatories have made major contributions to knowledge of migration: timing, routes and destinations, body condition and local movement during stopover; as well as tracking long-term population change. Nonetheless, observatories are an underutilized resource for researchers, and this paper highlights the benefits they offer and opportunities for further cooperation.

Erica H. Dunn "Bird Observatories: An Underutilized Resource For Migration Study," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128(4), 691-703, (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.1676/15-198.1
Received: 26 November 2015; Accepted: 1 May 2016; Published: 1 December 2016
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