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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.
González, Ana M., Nicholas J. Bayly, Scott Wilson, and Keith A. Hobson. “Shade Coffee or Native Forest? Indicators of Winter Habitat Quality for a Long-Distance Migratory Bird in the Colombian Andes.” Ecological Indicators 131 (November 1, 2021): 108115.
Anderson, Alexandra M., Christian Friis, Cheri L. Gratto-Trevor, Christopher M. Harris, Oliver P. Love, R. I. Guy Morrison, Sean W. J. Prosser, Erica Nol, and Paul A. Smith. “Drought at a Coastal Wetland Affects Refuelling and Migration Strategies of Shorebirds.” Oecologia, October 16, 2021.
Brust, Vera, and Ommo Hüppop. “Underestimated Scale of Songbird Offshore Migration across the South-Eastern North Sea during Autumn.” Journal of Ornithology, October 13, 2021.
Grinde, Alexis R., Annie Bracey, and Stephen Kolbe. “Mapping Avian Movement in Minnesota.” Report. University of Minnesota Duluth, September 2021.
Thorne, Toby J, Eryk Matczak, Melissa Donnelly, Maria C Franke, and Kevin C R Kerr. “Occurrence of a Forest-Dwelling Bat, Northern Myotis (Myotis Septentrionalis), within Canada’s Largest Conurbation.” Journal of Urban Ecology 7, no. 1 (January 22, 2021).
Grahame, Elora R. M., Kayla D. Martin, Elizabeth A. Gow, and D. Ryan Norris. “Diurnal and Nocturnal Habitat Preference of Eastern Whip-Poor-Wills (Antrostomus Vociferous) in the Northern Portion of Their Breeding Range.” Avian Conservation and Ecology 16, no. 2 (2021).
Ames, Elizabeth. “Linking Events across the Annual Cycle, in a Neotropical Migratory Songbird of  Conservation Concern, the Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria Citrea).” The Ohio State University, n.d.
Bianchini, Kristin, David J. Newstead, and Christy A. Morrissey. “Differences in Migration Timing along the Midcontinental Flyway in Sanderling (Calidris Alba) from Three Gulf of Mexico Staging Areas.” Waterbirds 43, no. 3–4 (September 2021): 225–356.
Trust, Bat Conservation. British Islands Bats - Accessing Journal Papers. Accessed September 20, 2021.
Wilcox, Alana A E, Amy E M Newman, Nigel E Raine, Greg W Mitchell, and D Ryan Norris. “Captive-Reared Migratory Monarch Butterflies Show Natural Orientation When Released in the Wild.” Conservation Physiology 9, no. 1 (January 1, 2021).
Imlay, Tara L., Hilary A. R. Mann, and Philip D. Taylor. “Autumn Migratory Timing and Pace Are Driven by Breeding Season Carryover Effects.” Animal Behaviour 177 (July 1, 2021): 207–14.
Bégin-Marchand, Camille, André Desrochers, Philip D. Taylor, Junior A. Tremblay, Lucas Berrigan, Barbara Frei, Ana Morales, and Greg W. Mitchell. “Spatial Structure in Migration Routes Maintained despite Regional Convergence among Eastern Populations of Swainson’s Thrushes.” Movement Ecology 9, no. 1 (May 13, 2021): 23.
Tatten, Jessica. “Factors Influencing Stopover and Movement of Migratory Songbirds within the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.” Master’s Thesis, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2021.
Roux, Courtney E. le, and Joseph J. Nocera. “Roost Sites of Chimney Swift (Chaetura Pelagica) Form Large-Scale Spatial Networks.” Ecology and Evolution n/a, no. n/a. Accessed March 22, 2021.
Morbey, Yolanda E., Andrew T. Beauchamp, Simon J. Bonner, and Greg W. Mitchell. “Evening Locomotor Activity during Stopover Differs on Pre-Departure and Departure Days in Free-Living Songbirds.” Journal of Avian Biology 51, no. 11 (2020).
Wilcox, Alana A. E., Amy E. M. Newman, Nigel E. Raine, Greg W. Mitchell, and D. Ryan Norris. “Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Sublethal Levels of a Common Neonicotinoid Insecticide on the Orientation and Migration of Monarch Butterflies (Danaus Plexippus).” Journal of Experimental Biology 224, no. 4 (February 15, 2021).
Loring, P. H., A. K. Lenske, J. D. McLaren, M. Aikens, A. M. Anderson, Y. Aubrey, E. Dalton, A. Dey, C. Friis, and D. Hamilton. “Tracking Movements of Migratory Shorebirds in the US Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Region.” OCS Study. Sterling (VA): US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. OCS Study BOEM, 2021.
Clerc, Jeff, R. Mark Brigham, Justin G. Boyles, and Liam P. McGuire. “A NASBR History of Radiotelemetry: How Technology Has Contributed to Advances in Bat Biology.” In 50 Years of Bat Research: Foundations and New Frontiers, edited by Burton K. Lim, M. Brock Fenton, R. Mark Brigham, Shahroukh Mistry, Allen Kurta, Erin H. Gillam, Amy Russell, and Jorge Ortega, 241–53. Fascinating Life Sciences. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2021.
Richie, Marina. “New Tracking Tools Reveal Bird Migration Secrets.” BirdWatching. Accessed January 21, 2021.
Crewe, Tara L., Dave Kendal, and Hamish A. Campbell. “Motivations and Fears Driving Participation in Collaborative Research Infrastructure for Animal Tracking.” PLOS ONE 15, no. 11 (November 20, 2020): e0241964.
Shizuka, Daizaburo, Sahas Barve, Allison Johnson, and Eric Walters. “Workflow for Constructing Social Networks from Automated Telemetry Systems,” November 1, 2020.
González, Ana M., Nicholas J. Bayly, and Keith A. Hobson. “Earlier and Slower or Later and Faster: Spring Migration Pace Linked to Departure Time in a Neotropical Migrant Songbird.” Journal of Animal Ecology n/a, no. n/a (2020).
Birnie-Gauvin, Kim, Robert J. Lennox, Christopher G. Guglielmo, Amy K. Teffer, Glenn T. Crossin, D. Ryan Norris, Kim Aarestrup, and Steven J. Cooke. “The Value of Experimental Approaches in Migration Biology.” Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 93, no. 3 (February 3, 2020): 210–26.
Miller, Aroha. “Marine Protected Areas: Expanding, but under Protected,” 2020.
Lefevre, Kara L., and Adam D. Smith. “Florida’s Strategic Position for Collaborative Automated-Telemetry Tracking of Avian Movements across the Americas.” Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 11 (2020): 369–75.
Michalik, Bianca, Vera Brust, and Ommo Hüppop. “Are Movements of Daytime and Nighttime Passerine Migrants as Different as Day and Night?” Ecology and Evolution n/a, no. n/a (August 25, 2020).
Cooper, Nathan W., and Peter P. Marra. “Hidden Long-Distance Movements by a Migratory Bird.” Current Biology, August 20, 2020.
Boynton, Chloe K., Nancy A. Mahony, and Tony D. Williams. “Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Fledglings Use Crop Habitat More Frequently in Relation to Its Availability than Pasture and Other Habitat Types.” The Condor 122, no. 2 (May 21, 2020).
Beauchamp, Andrew T., Christopher G. Guglielmo, and Yolanda E. Morbey. “Stopover Refueling, Movement, and Departure Decisions in the White-Throated Sparrow: The Influence of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors during Spring Migration.” Journal of Animal Ecology n/a, no. n/a (2020).
Schmaljohann, Heiko, and Thomas Klinner. “A Quasi-Experimental Approach Using Telemetry to Assess Migration-Strategy-Specific Differences in the Decision-Making Processes at Stopover.” BMC Ecology 20, no. 1 (July 8, 2020): 36.
Loring, Pamela H., James D. McLaren, Holly F. Goyert, and Peter W. C. Paton. “Supportive Wind Conditions Influence Offshore Movements of Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers during Fall Migration.” The Condor, June 22, 2020.
Clerc, Jeffrey. “Theoretical and Empirical Investigation of the Influence of Heterothermy on Bat Migration Ecology,” 2020.
Imlay, Tara L., and Philip D. Taylor. “Diurnal and Crepuscular Activity during Fall Migration for Four Species of Aerial Foragers.” The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, May 20, 2020.
Marchand, Camille Bégin, André Desrochers, Junior A. Tremblay, and Pascal Côté. “Comparing Fall Migration of Three Catharus Species Using a Radio-Telemetry Network.” Animal Migration 7, no. 1 (February 13, 2020): 1–9.
Wilcox, Alana. “Potential Threats to the Conservation of Eastern North American Monarch Butterflies (Danaus Plexippus) and a Tool for Population Recovery.” PhD Thesis, University of Guelph, 2020.
Neima, Sarah, Diana Hamilton, Cheri Gratto-Trevor, and Julie Paquet. “Intra- and Interannual Regional Fidelity of Semipalmated Sandpipers (<em>Calidris Pusilla</Em>) during Migratory Stopover in the Upper Bay of Fundy, Canada.” Avian Conservation and Ecology 15, no. 1 (April 22, 2020).
Bliss, Sydney. “Using Automated Radio-Telemetry to Assess Spring Migratory Ecology and Survival of Ipswich Sparrows (Passerculus Sandwichensis Princeps).” Master of Science, Dalhousie University, 2020.
Aborn, David. “Wood Thrush Migratory Connectivity Using Motus Tracking Stations.” In ReSEARCH Dialogues Conference Proceedings. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2020.
McKeon, S., D. Fenolio, R. A. Dreelin, D. Shaw, Z. Kobrinsky, and C. Meyer. “NextGen Natural History: New Techniques for Classical Natural History Questions.” Journal of Natural History Education and Experience 14 (2020): 6–12.
Bayly, Nicholas J., D. Ryan Norris, Philip D. Taylor, Keith A. Hobson, and Andrea Morales-Rozo. “There’s No Place like Home: Tropical Overwintering Sites May Have a Fundamental Role in Shaping Migratory Strategies.” Animal Behaviour 162 (April 1, 2020): 95–104.
Bumelis, Kaelyn H. “Niche Segregation among Three Sympatric Species of Swallows in Southern Ontario.” PhD Thesis, The University of Western Ontario, 2020.
Campomizzi, Andrew J., Zoé M. Lebrun-Southcott, and Kristyn Richardson. “Conspecific Cues Encourage Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica Erythrogaster) Prospecting, but Not Nesting, at New Nesting Structures.” The Canadian Field-Naturalist 133, no. 3 (2020): 235–245.
Barve, Sahas, Natasha D. G. Hagemeyer, Russell E. Winter, Samuel D. Chamberlain, Walter D. Koenig, David W. Winkler, and Eric L. Walters. “Wandering Woodpeckers: Foray Behavior in a Social Bird.” Ecology 101, no. 2 (2020): e02943.
Zenzal Jr, Theodore J., William G. Vermillion, Jacqueline R. Ferrato, Lori A. Randall, Robert C. Dobbs, and Heather Q. Baldwin. “GoMAMN Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines: Landbirds.” In Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines for the Northern Gulf of Mexico., 25. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Research Bulletin 1228, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. USA., 2019.
Imlay, Tara, Sarah Saldanha, and Philip Taylor. “The Fall Migratory Movements of Bank Swallows, <em>Riparia Riparia</Em>: Fly-and-Forage Migration?” Avian Conservation and Ecology 15, no. 1 (February 7, 2020).
Packmor, Florian, Thomas Klinner, Bradley K. Woodworth, Cas Eikenaar, and Heiko Schmaljohann. “Stopover Departure Decisions in Songbirds: Do Long-Distance Migrants Depart Earlier and More Independently of Weather Conditions than Medium-Distance Migrants?” Movement Ecology 8, no. 1 (February 7, 2020): 6.
Wilcox, Alana AE, Amy EM Newman, Nigel E. Raine, and D. Ryan Norris. “Captive-Reared Migratory Monarch Butterflies Show Natural Orientation When Released in the Wild.” BioRxiv, 2020.
Knight, Samantha M., David W. Bradley, Robert G. Clark, Elizabeth A. Gow, Marc Bélisle, Lisha L. Berzins, Tricia Blake, et al. “Constructing and Evaluating a Continent-Wide Migratory Songbird Network across the Annual Cycle.” Ecological Monographs 88, no. 3 (2018): 445–60.
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