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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.
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, 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. Accessed August 26, 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.” Urban Bird Summit: Status, Trends, and Risks to Species That Call the Corridor Home, n.d., 31.
Kearns, Laura J. “3.3. 4 Multiscale Movements of a Threatened Population of Black-Crowned Night-Herons in Lake Erie, Ohio Using Satellite and Automated Telemetry.” Urban Bird Summit: Status, Trends, and Risks to Species That Call the Corridor Home, n.d., 42.
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).
Berrigan, Lucas. “Post-Breeding Movements of Swainson’s Thrush in Southern Nova Scotia.” Master’s Thesis, Acadia University, 2018.
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.
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.
Knight Samantha M., Pitman Grace M., Flockhart D. T. Tyler, and Norris D. Ryan. “Radio-Tracking Reveals How Wind and Temperature Influence the Pace of Daytime Insect Migration.” Biology Letters 15, no. 7 (July 26, 2019): 20190327.
Loring, P. H., P. W. C. Paton, J. D. McLaren, H. Bai, R. Janaswamy, H. F. Goyert, C. R. Griffin, and P. R. Sievert. “Tracking Offshore Occurrence of Common Terns, Endangered Roseate Terns, and Threatened Piping Plovers with VHF Arrays.” Sterling (VA): US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. OCS Study BOEM 17 (2019): 140.
Smetzer, Jennifer, and David King. “Prolonged Stopover and Consequences of Migratory Strategy on Local-Scale Movements within a Regional Songbird Staging Area.” The Auk 135, no. 3 (May 9, 2018): 547–60.
Bégin Marchand, Camille. “Comprendre La Stratégie Migratoire de Trois Espèces de Grives Du Genre Catharus à l’aide d’un Réseau Innovateur de Radio-Télémétrie.” Master’s Thesis, Université Laval, 2019.
Deakin, Jessica E., Christopher G. Guglielmo, and Yolanda E. Morbey. “Sex Differences in Migratory Restlessness Behavior in a Nearctic–Neotropical Songbird.” The Auk: Ornithological Advances. Accessed April 18, 2019.
Crewe, Tara L., Jessica E. Deakin, Andrew T. Beauchamp, and Yolanda E. Morbey. “Detection Range of Songbirds Using a Stopover Site by Automated Radio-Telemetry.” Journal of Field Ornithology 0, no. 0 (2019).
Howell, Jessica E., Ann E. McKellar, Richard H. M. Espie, and Christy A. Morrissey. “Spring Shorebird Migration Chronology and Stopover Duration at an Important Staging Site in the North American Central Flyway.” Waterbirds 42, no. 1 (March 2019): 8–21.
Evans, Dean R., Keith A. Hobson, Jackson W. Kusack, Michael D. Cadman, C. Myles Falconer, and Greg W. Mitchell. “Individual Condition, but Not Fledging Phenology, Carries over to Affect Post-Fledging Survival in a Neotropical Migratory Songbird.” Ibis 0, no. ja. Accessed March 26, 2019.
Seewagen, Chad L., Yanju Ma, Yolanda E. Morbey, and Christopher G. Guglielmo. “Stopover Departure Behavior and Flight Orientation of Spring-Migrant Yellow-Rumped Warblers (Setophaga Coronata) Experimentally Exposed to Methylmercury.” Journal of Ornithology, February 28, 2019.
Bianchini, Kristin. “Investigating the Effects of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Exposure on Avian Pre-Migratory Fuelling and Migration.” PhD Thesis, University of Saskatchewan, 2018.
Desrochers, André, Junior A. Tremblay, Yves Aubry, Dominique Chabot, Paul Pace, and David M. Bird. “Estimating Wildlife Tag Location Errors from a VHF Receiver Mounted on a Drone.” Drones 2, no. 4 (December 2018): 44.
Evans, Dean R. “The Post-Fledging Survival and Movements of Juvenile Barn Swallows (Hirundo Rustica): An Automated Telemetry Approach.” PhD Thesis, The University of Western Ontario, 2018.
Hutchins, Michael, Peter P. Marra, Ed Diebold, Michael D. Kreger, Christine Sheppard, Sara Hallager, and Colleen Lynch. “The Evolving Role of Zoological Parks and Aquariums in Migratory Bird Conservation.” Zoo Biology 37, no. 5 (September 1, 2018): 360–68.
Bianchini, Kristin, and Christy A. Morrissey. “Assessment of Shorebird Migratory Fueling Physiology and Departure Timing in Relation to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Contamination in the Gulf of Mexico.” Environmental Science & Technology, October 26, 2018.
Whitaker, Darroch M., Ian G. Warkentin, Keith A. Hobson, Peter Thomas, and Rinchen Boardman. “Fall and Winter Movements of Newfoundland Graycheeked Thrushes (Catharus Minimus Minimus).” Animal Migration 5, no. 1 (2018): 42–48.
Dowling, Zara R., and Danielle I. O’Dell. “Bat Use of an Island off the Coast of Massachusetts.” Northeastern Naturalist 25, no. 3 (August 1, 2018): 362–82.
Baldwin, Justin W., Katie Leap, John T. Finn, and Jennifer R. Smetzer. “Bayesian State-Space Models Reveal Unobserved off-Shore Nocturnal Migration from Motus Data.” Ecological Modelling 386 (October 24, 2018): 38–46.
McKinnon, Emily A., and Oliver P. Love. “Ten Years Tracking the Migrations of Small Landbirds: Lessons Learned in the Golden Age of Bio-Logging.” The Auk, July 3, 2018, 834–56.
Müller, Florian, Georg Rüppel, and Heiko Schmaljohann. “Does the Length of the Night Affect the Timing of Nocturnal Departures in a Migratory Songbird?” Animal Behaviour 141 (July 2018): 183–94.
Lenske, Ariel K., and Joseph J. Nocera. “Field Test of an Automated Radio-Telemetry System: Tracking Local Space Use of Aerial Insectivores.” Journal of Field Ornithology 89, no. 2: 173–87. Accessed June 26, 2018.
Janaswamy, Ramakrishna, Pamela H. Loring, and James D. McLaren. “A State Space Technique for Wildlife Position Estimation Using Non-Simultaneous Signal Strength Measurements.”, May 28, 2018.
Schmaljohann, Heiko, Florian Müller, Thomas Klinner, and Cas Eikenaar. “Potential Age Differences in the Migratory Behaviour of a Nocturnal Songbird Migrant during Autumn and Spring.” Journal of Avian Biology. Accessed May 23, 2018.
Vliet, Heidi E. J. Van, and Bridget J. M. Stutchbury. “Radio-Tagged Fledgling Savannah Sparrows Passerculus Sandwichensis at Risk of Entanglement in Vegetation.” Ibis 0, no. ja. Accessed May 22, 2018.
Hays, Quentin R., Yolanda E. Morbey, Keith A. Hobson, James E. Lyons, and Christopher G. Guglielmo. “Effects of Migration Distance and Sex on Stopover Timing and Refueling by Wilson’s Warblers.” Journal of Field Ornithology 0, no. 0. Accessed May 13, 2018.
Wright, James R., Luke L. Powell, and Christopher M. Tonra. “Automated Telemetry Reveals Staging Behavior in a Declining Migratory Passerine.” The Auk, April 25, 2018, 461–76.
Smetzer, Jennifer. “Tracking Migratory Bird Movements in the Gulf of Maine with Automated Radio Telemetry and Stable Hydrogen Isotope Markers,” 2018.
Cooper, Nathan, David Ewert, Kimberly Hall, Sarah Rockwell, Dave Currie, Jr Wunderle, Jennifer White, and Peter Marra. “Resighting Data Reveal Weak Connectivity from Wintering to Breeding Grounds in a Range-Restricted and Endangered Long-Distance Migratory Passerine.” Avian Conservation and Ecology 13, no. 1 (March 20, 2018).
Müller, Florian, Cas Eikenaar, Zoe J. Crysler, Philip D. Taylor, and Heiko Schmaljohann. “Nocturnal Departure Timing in Songbirds Facing Distinct Migratory Challenges.” The Journal of Animal Ecology, March 5, 2018.
Loring, Pamela, Robert Ronconi, Linda Welch, Philip Taylor, and Mark Mallory. “Postbreeding Dispersal and Staging of Common and Arctic Terns throughout the Western North Atlantic.” Avian Conservation and Ecology 12, no. 2 (December 20, 2017).
Parada Isada, Alain. “Stopover Movement Patterns by Blackpoll and Canada Warblers across Southeastern Canada during Fall Migration: An Automated Radio-Telemetry Study.” Trent University, 2017.
Morbey, Yolanda E., Christopher G. Guglielmo, Philip D. Taylor, Ivan Maggini, Jessica Deakin, Stuart A. Mackenzie, J. Morgan Brown, Lin Zhao, and David Stephens. “Evaluation of Sex Differences in the Stopover Behavior and Postdeparture Movements of Wood-Warblers.” Behavioral Ecology. Accessed December 9, 2017.
Krauel, Jennifer J., Liam P. McGuire, and Justin G. Boyles. “Testing Traditional Assumptions about Regional Migration in Bats.” Mammal Research, November 20, 2017, 1–9.
Duijns, Sjoerd, Lawrence J. Niles, Amanda Dey, Yves Aubry, Christian Friis, Stephanie Koch, Alexandra M. Anderson, and Paul A. Smith. “Body Condition Explains Migratory Performance of a Long-Distance Migrant.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284, no. 1866 (November 15, 2017): 20171374.
Baldwin, Justin. “Modelling Bird Migration with Motus Data and Bayesian State-Space Models.” University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2017.
Deakin, Jessica E. “Behavioural Mechanisms of Protandrous Spring Migration in a Nearctic-Neotropical Songbird,” 2017.
Smetzer, Jennifer R., David I. King, and Philip D. Taylor. “Fall Migratory Departure Decisions and Routes of Blackpoll Warblers Setophaga Striata and Red-Eyed Vireos Vireo Olivaceus at a Coastal Barrier in the Gulf of Maine.” Journal of Avian Biology, 2017.
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