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Bednarz, James C., and Jean-François Therrien. “The Full Annual Cycle of the American Kestrel: State of the Knowledge, Information Gaps, and Conservation Needs.” Journal of Raptor Research 57, no. 2 (May 2023): 125–30.
Willmott, J. Robinson, G. Forcey, and M. Vukovich. “New Insights into the Influence of Turbines on the Behaviour of Migrant Birds: Implications for Predicting Impacts of Offshore Wind Developments on Wildlife.” Journal of Physics: Conference Series 2507, no. 1 (May 2023): 012006.
Davis, Kayla L., Sarah P. Saunders, Stephanie Beilke, Erin Rowan Ford, Jennifer Fuller, Ava Landgraf, and Elise F. Zipkin. “Breeding Season Management Is Unlikely to Improve Population Viability of a Data-Deficient Migratory Species in Decline.” Biological Conservation 283 (July 1, 2023): 110104.
Cooper, Nathan W., Bryant C. Dossman, Lucas E. Berrigan, J. Morgan Brown, Dominic A. Cormier, Camille Bégin-Marchand, Amanda D. Rodewald, Philip D. Taylor, Junior A. Tremblay, and Peter P. Marra. “Atmospheric Pressure Predicts Probability of Departure for Migratory Songbirds.” Movement Ecology 11, no. 1 (May 1, 2023): 23.
Cooper, Nathan W., Bryant C. Dossman, Lucas E. Berrigan, J. Morgan Brown, Alicia R. Brunner, Helen E. Chmura, Dominic A. Cormier, et al. “Songbirds Initiate Migratory Flights Synchronously Relative to Civil Dusk.” Movement Ecology 11, no. 1 (May 1, 2023): 24.
Geldart, Erica A., Lesley-Anne Howes, Hazel Wheeler, and Stuart A. Mackenzie. “A Review of Impacts of Tracking Devices on Birds.” North American Bird Bander 47, no. 4 (2023): 201–12.
Diaz Bohorquez, Ana Maria. “Nestling Diet, Quality, and Post-Fledging Survival: Comparing Two Species of Aerial Insectivores in a Gradient of Agricultural Intensity in Saskatchewan, Canada.” PhD Thesis, University of Saskatchewan, 2023.
Vickery, Juliet A., John W. Mallord, William M. Adams, Alison E. Beresford, Christiaan Both, Will Cresswell, Ngoné Diop, et al. “The Conservation of Afro-Palaearctic Migrants: What We Are Learning and What We Need to Know?” Ibis n/a, no. n/a (February 14, 2023).
Rushing, Clark S. “An Ecologist’s Introduction to Continuous-Time Multi-State Models for Capture-Recapture Data.” Journal of Animal Ecology n/a, no. n/a (2023).
Rüppel, Georg, Ommo Hüppop, Sander Lagerveld, Heiko Schmaljohann, and Vera Brust. “Departure, Routing and Landing Decisions of Long-Distance Migratory Songbirds in Relation to Weather.” Royal Society Open Science 10, no. 2 (February 8, 2023): 221420.
Herbert, John A. “Survival, Effects of Habitat Change, and Migratory Tactics of Nearctic-Neotropical Migratory Shorebirds - ProQuest.” Doctor of Philosophy, Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, 2021.
Raybuck, Douglas. “Cerulean Warbler Full Annual Cycle Ecology: Filling in Critical Knowledge Gaps,” 2022.
Green, Rebecca, Mark Severy, Cris Hein, Hayley Farr, and Frank Oteri. “US Offshore Wind Synthesis of Environmental Effects Research (SEER) Project,” 2022.
Korpach, Alicia M., Christina M. Davy, Alex Mills, and Kevin C. Fraser. “Migratory Connectivity and Timing for an At-Risk Canadian Landbird, Eastern Whip-Poor-Will (Antrostomus Vociferus), from Two Geographically Distant Breeding Areas.” Canadian Journal of Zoology 100, no. 10 (October 2022): 660–68.
DeSimone, Joely G., Beverly S. Domschot, Megan A. Fylling, William M. Blake, and Creagh W. Breuner. “Body Mass and Triglycerides Predict Departure of Free-Living Nomadic Pine Siskins.” Functional Ecology n/a, no. n/a. Accessed January 24, 2023.
Dossman, Bryant C., Amanda D. Rodewald, Colin E. Studds, and Peter P. Marra. “Migratory Birds with Delayed Spring Departure Migrate Faster but Pay the Costs.” Ecology n/a, no. n/a (October 13, 2022): e3938.
Patriquin, Krista J., Lauren Moretto, and M. Brock Fenton. “The Big Picture and Future Directions for Urban Bat Conservation and Research.” In Urban Bats: Biology, Ecology, and Human Dimensions, edited by Lauren Moretto, Joanna L. Coleman, Christina M. Davy, M. Brock Fenton, Carmi Korine, and Krista J. Patriquin, 181–88. Fascinating Life Sciences. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2022.
Lamb, Juliet S., Pamela H. Loring, and Peter W. C. Paton. “Distributing Transmitters to Maximize Population-Level Representativeness in Automated Radio Telemetry Studies of Animal Movement.” Movement Ecology 11, no. 1 (January 4, 2023): 1.
Linhart, Rebeca C, Diana J Hamilton, Julie Paquet, and Cheri L Gratto-Trevor. “Evidence of Differing Staging Strategies between Adult and Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers Highlights the Importance of Small Staging Sites in Atlantic Canada.” Ornithology, December 6, 2022, ukac056.
Stouffer, Jon Rice, James Whitacre, Bryce. “Optimizing Bird Migration Tracking with ArcGIS.” Esri (blog), November 18, 2022.
Martell, Mark S., Althea A. Archer, Amber Burnette, Mary Lee, Frank Nicoletti, and Kristin A. L. Hall. “Using the Motus System to Track Post-Breeding Dispersal of American Kestrels Nesting in Minnesota, USA.” Journal of Raptor Research, November 17, 2022.
Horn, Lisa C., Heidi E.J. van Vliet, D. Ryan Norris, and Bridget J.M. Stutchbury. “Migratory Behavior of Ontario-Breeding Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus Sandwichensis) Revealed by the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.” The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, October 28, 2022.
Gutierrez Ramirez, Mariamar, Michael S. Griego, Joely G. DeSimone, Cory R. Elowe, and Alexander R. Gerson. “Depleted Lean Body Mass after Crossing an Ecological Barrier Differentially Affects Stopover Duration and Refueling Rate among Species of Long-Distance Migratory Birds.” Functional Ecology n/a, no. n/a (2022).
Brunner, Alicia, Bryant Dossman, Vitek Jirinec, Katie Percy, Christopher Tonra, Erik Johnson, and Peter Marra. “Migratory Behavior and Connectivity Revealed in a Secretive Neotropical Migratory Songbird, the Swainson’s Warbler.” Journal of Field Ornithology 93, no. 3 (September 26, 2022).
Brust, Vera, Cas Eikenaar, Florian Packmor, Heiko Schmaljohann, Ommo Hüppop, and Gábor Á. Czirják. “Do Departure and Flight Route Decisions Correlate with Immune Parameters in Migratory Songbirds?” Functional Ecology n/a, no. n/a (September 23, 2022).
Morales, Ana, Barbara Frei, Greg W Mitchell, Camille Bégin-Marchand, and Kyle H Elliott. “Reduced Diurnal Activity and Increased Stopover Duration by Molting Swainson’s Thrushes.” Ornithology 139, no. 2 (April 8, 2022): ukab083.
Turcotte-van de Rydt, Christophe. “Investigating the Plasticity of Migration Timing and Roost Behaviours to Environmental Variability and Parental Care in a Colonial Songbird.” Master’s Thesis, University of Manitoba, 2022.
Haddaway, Lucas, and Liam P. McGuire. “Seasonal and Nightly Activity Patterns of Migrating Silver-Haired Bats (Lasionycteris Noctivagans) Compared to Non-Migrating Big Brown Bats (Eptesicus Fuscus) at a Fall Migration Stopover Site.” Acta Chiropterologica 24, no. 1 (August 2022): 83–90.
Bach, Petra, Christian C. Voigt, Matthias Göttsche, Lothar Bach, Vera Brust, Reinhold Hill, Ommo Hüppop, Sander Lagerveld, Heiko Schmaljohann, and Antje Seebens-Hoyer. “Offshore and Coastline Migration of Radio-Tagged Nathusius’ Pipistrelles.” Conservation Science and Practice n/a, no. n/a (2022): e12783.
Carlson, Erik, Douglas Gobeille, Robert Deluca, and Pam Loring. “Numerical Approximations Methods for Antenna Radiation Patterns for Motus Wildlife Tracking Systems.” arXiv, June 28, 2022.
DeSimone, Joely. “The Contrasting Physiological Mechanisms of Two Distinct Migratory Strategies.” PhD Thesis, University of Montana, 2022.
Meehan, Timothy D., Sarah P. Saunders, William V. DeLuca, Nicole L. Michel, Joanna Grand, Jill L. Deppe, Miguel F. Jimenez, et al. “Integrating Data Types to Estimate Spatial Patterns of Avian Migration across the Western Hemisphere.” Ecological Applications n/a, no. n/a (2022): e2679.
Savides, Kim. “Characterizing the Migratory Phenology and Routes of the Lazuli Bunting (Passerina Amoena) in Northern Utah.” Master of Science, Utah State University, 2022.
Karwinkel, Thiemo, Michael Winklhofer, Paula Christoph, Dario Allenstein, Ommo Hüppop, Vera Brust, Franz Bairlein, and Heiko Schmaljohann. “No Apparent Effect of a Magnetic Pulse on Free-Flight Behaviour in Northern Wheatears (Oenanthe Oenanthe) at a Stopover Site.” Journal of The Royal Society Interface 19, no. 187 (February 16, 2022): 20210805.
Linhart, Rebeca C., Diana J. Hamilton, Julie Paquet, J. Onofre N. Monteiro, Gabriela P. Ramires, and Jason A. Mobley. “Movement and Habitat Use of Non-Breeding Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris Pusilla) at the Banco Dos Cajuais in Northeast Brazil.” Conservation Science and Practice n/a, no. n/a (March 25, 2022): e12683.
Gutierrez Ramirez, Mariamar. “Drivers and Direct Impacts of Lean Mass Dynamics on the Stopover Ecology and Migratory Pace of Nearctic-Neotropical Migrant Songbirds in Spring.” PhD Thesis, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2022.
Shephard, Nicholas G. “Habitat Associations and Movement Tracking of North American Black Terns (Chlidonias Niger).” Thesis, University of Saskatchewan, 2022.
Lupi, Sara, Yolanda E. Morbey, Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton, Hiroyuki Kaiya, Leonida Fusani, and Christopher G. Guglielmo. “Experimental Ghrelin Administration Affects Migratory Behaviour in a Songbird.” Hormones and Behavior 141 (May 1, 2022): 105139.
Howe, Rebecca. “Effects of Experimental Malaria Infection On Migration of Yellow-Rumped Warblers (Setophaga Coronata).” Master of Science, University of Western Ontario, 2022.
Herbert, John A., David Mizrahi, and Caz M. Taylor. “Migration Tactics and Connectivity of a Nearctic-Neotropical Migratory Shorebird.” Journal of Animal Ecology n/a, no. n/a (February 3, 2022).
Bégin-Marchand, Camille, François Gagnon, Bruno Drolet, Jacques Ibarzabal, and Junior Tremblay. “Insights on Post-Breeding Movements from a Northeastern Population of Canada Warblers (<em>Cardellina Canadensis</Em>).” Avian Conservation and Ecology 17, no. 1 (January 31, 2022).
Bani Assadi, Saeedeh, Emily A. McKinnon, Edward D. Cheskey, and Kevin C. Fraser. “Does Hatch Date Set the Clock? Timing of Post-Fledging Movements for Families of a Colonially Breeding, Long-Distance Migratory Songbird.” Journal of Avian Biology n/a, no. n/a (2022).
Dossman, Bryant. “Endogenous and Exogenous Factors Influencing the Movement and Migratory Behaviors of a Wintering Songbird,” December 2021.
Heath-Acre, Kristen M., Clint W. Boal, Daniel P. Collins, Warren C. Conway, and William P. Johnson. “Using Automated Telemetry to Identify Population Connectivity and Migration Phenology of Snowy Plovers Breeding in the Southern Great Plains.” Journal of Field Ornithology n/a, no. n/a (2022).
Morales, Ana, Barbara Frei, Greg W Mitchell, Camille Bégin-Marchand, and Kyle H Elliott. “Reduced Diurnal Activity and Increased Stopover Duration by Molting Swainson’s Thrushes.” Ornithology, January 5, 2022, ukab083.
Hayward-Brown, Brittany K., Tara L. Crewe, Sydney J. Collett, Vinay Udyawer, Ian J. Radford, Mariana A. Campbell, and Hamish A. Campbell. “Automated VHF-Radio Telemetry Reveals Resource-Driven Site Utilisation Patterns in a Small-Bodied, Highly Mobile Bird (Erythrura Gouldiae),” 2021.
Proppe, Darren S. Songbird Behavior: Implications for Conservation and Management in the Anthropocene. CRC Press, 2021.
Olek, Victor. “Exploring the Strategies of First Migration in the Subarctic-Nesting Shorebird, Calidris Alpina Hudsonia.” Master of Science, York University, 2021.
Hengst, Nicole M. “Movements and Habitat Relationships of Virginia Rails and Soras within Impounded Coastal Wetlands of Northwest Ohio.” PhD Thesis, The Ohio State University, 2021.
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