Guidelines to the use of wild birds in research ~ 3rd Edition (2010)

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Coming soon: we are currently in the process of reviewing the literature for papers published since the 2010 publication of the current edition. A list for each chapter will be made available below and once all chapter updates have been completed, a new PDF of the Guidelines with the new references will be compiled and available here. 

Chapter index

Ch1-Introduction(with minor updates/corrections in 2022)
Ch2-Impacts of Investigator Presence  [New references from 2010-2021]
Ch3-Capture and Marking
Ch4-Transport [New references from 2010-2021]  
Ch5-Captive Management [New references from 2010-2022]
Ch6-Minor Manipulative Procedures [New references from 2010-2021]
Ch7-Major Manipulative Procedures [New references from 2010-2022]
Ch8-Scientific Collecting [New references from 2010-2021]
APPENDIX A(with minor updates/corrections in 2022)
2018 Supplement: Summary of literature on the use of small unmanned aircraft [New references from 2010-2021]

Suggested citation

Fair, J., E. Paul, and J. Jones, Eds. 2010. Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research. Washington, D.C.: Ornithological Council

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