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[Data owner name]. 2019. [Dataset name]. Data accessed from the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. Birds Canada. Available: Accessed: [Date].

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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. Accessed October 5, 2020.
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 n/a, no. n/a. Accessed September 25, 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).
Little, Greg, Judith Little, Rob Kyte, and Alan Stuart. “Silvereye Subspecies on Broughton Island, New South Wales.” Corella 44 (2020): 38–43.
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.
Hannah, Kevin C., Kevin J. Kardynal, and Keith A. Hobson. “Birds of a Feather Don’t Always Flock Together: Variation in Molt Origins and Movement Patterns of Winter Finches in Ontario.” Journal of Ornithology, March 18, 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.
Cormier, Dominic A., and Philip D. Taylor. “Contrasting Patterns of Post-Fledging Movements of Two Sympatric Warbler Species with Different Life-History Strategies.” Journal of Avian Biology 50, no. 12 (2019).
Saldanha, Sarah, Philip Taylor, Tara Imlay, and Marty Leonard. “Biological and Environmental Factors Related to Communal Roosting Behavior of Breeding Bank Swallow (<em>Riparia Riparia</Em>).” Avian Conservation and Ecology 14, no. 2 (December 29, 2019).
Morningstar, Derek, and Al Sandilands. “Summer Movements of a Radio-Tagged Hoary Bat ( Lasiurus Cinereus ) Captured in Southwestern Ontario.” The Canadian Field-Naturalist 133, no. 2 (November 17, 2019): 125–29.
Brust, Vera, Bianca Michalik, and Ommo Hüppop. “To Cross or Not to Cross – Thrushes at the German North Sea Coast Adapt Flight and Routing to Wind Conditions in Autumn.” Movement Ecology 7, no. 1 (October 31, 2019): 32.
Vliet, Heidi E. J. van, Bridget J. M. Stutchbury, Amy E. M. Newman, and D. Ryan Norris. “The Impacts of Agriculture on an Obligate Grassland Bird of North America.” Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 287 (January 1, 2020): 106696.
Bulluck, Lesley, Elizabeth Ames, Nicholas Bayly, Jessie Reese, Cathy Viverette, James Wright, Angela Caguazango, and Christopher Tonra. “Habitat‐dependent Occupancy and Movement in a Migrant Songbird Highlights the Importance of Mangroves and Forested Lagoons in Panama and Colombia.” Ecology and Evolution, September 26, 2019.
Kendrick, Sarah. “Flight Tracker: New Technology Aids in Keeping Tabs on Birds.” Missouri Conservationist, October 2019.{%22issue_id%22:619377,%22page%22:24}.
Holberton, Rebecca L., Philip D. Taylor, Lindsay M. Tudor, Kathleen M. O’Brien, Glen H. Mittelhauser, and Ana Breit. “Automated VHF Radiotelemetry Revealed Site-Specific Differences in Fall Migration Strategies of Semipalmated Sandpipers on Stopover in the Gulf of Maine.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7 (2019).
Griffin, Andrea S., Culum Brown, Bradley K. Woodworth, Guy-Anthony Ballard, Stuart Blanch, Hamish A. Campbell, Tara L. Crewe, et al. “A Large-Scale Automated Radio Telemetry Network for Monitoring Movements of Terrestrial Wildlife in Australia.” Australian Zoologist, September 16, 2019.
Eng, Margaret L., Bridget J. M. Stutchbury, and Christy A. Morrissey. “A Neonicotinoid Insecticide Reduces Fueling and Delays Migration in Songbirds.” Science 365, no. 6458 (September 13, 2019): 1177–80.
Howell, Jessica E., Ann E. McKellar, Richard H. M. Espie, and Christy A. Morrissey. “Predictable Shorebird Departure Patterns from a Staging Site Can Inform Collision Risks and Mitigation of Wind Energy Developments.” Ibis 0, no. ja (August 19, 2019).
McKinnon, Emily Anne, Marie-Pier Laplante, Oliver Love, Kevin C. Fraser, Stuart Mackenzie, and François Vézina. “Tracking Landscape-Scale Movements of Snow Buntings and Weather-Driven Changes in Flock Composition during the Temperate Winter.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7 (2019).
Putnam, Caleb, Stephanie Beilke, and Erin Rowan. “3.3. 2 The Conservation and Management of the North American Black Tern (Chlidonias Niger Surinamensis) in Michigan.” In Urban Bird Summit: Status, Trends, and Risks to Species That Call the Corridor Home, 31, 2017.
Kearns, Laura J. “Multiscale Movements of a Threatened Population of Black-Crowned Night-Herons in Lake Erie, Ohio Using Satellite and Automated Telemetry,” 42, 2017.
Anderson, Alexandra M., Sjoerd Duijns, Paul A. Smith, Christian Friis, and Erica Nol. “Migration Distance and Body Condition Influence Shorebird Migration Strategies and Stopover Decisions During Southbound Migration.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7 (2019).
Stantial, Michael, Jonathan Cohen, Abigail Darrah, Kate Laquinto, Pam Loring, and Peter Paton. “Radio Transmitters Did Not Affect Daily Nest and Chick Survival of Piping Plovers (Charadrius Melodus).” The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 130, no. 2 (June 1, 2018): 518–24.
Berrigan, Lucas. “Post-Breeding Movements of Swainson’s Thrush in Southern Nova Scotia.” Master’s Thesis, Acadia University, 2018.
Duijns, Sjoerd, Alexandra M. Anderson, Yves Aubry, Amanda Dey, Scott A. Flemming, Charles M. Francis, Christian Friis, et al. “Long-Distance Migratory Shorebirds Travel Faster towards Their Breeding Grounds, but Fly Faster Post-Breeding.” Scientific Reports 9, no. 1 (July 1, 2019): 9420.
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