The Migration Research Foundation aims to:
uses a variety of methods to research questions of importance
to the conservation community. The
primary focus is on issues related to migration, defined generally as
the movement of animals from one area to another.
However, MRF pursues a broad approach to
such research, taking advantage of opportunities to expand studies into
other areas of relevance. For example, fitting animals with transmitters or bands/tags provides an
opportunity to collect blood and/or tissue samples for genetic and/or
toxicological analysis, while tracking their movements can also provide data on habitat usage.
Integrating such research generates more comprehensive
and cost-effective results than pursuing questions independently.
welfare is a serious and occasionally contentious issue.
MRF’s strict policy is to ensure that safe and proper care of
animals is the top priority in all studies.
This is achieved by developing projects in consultation with
other experienced researchers, by ensuring that field staff are
properly trained and supervised in all techniques, and submitting protocols for approval by animal care committees.
MRF prioritizes projects
that provide critical information on
species at risk, or which have direct application to conservation and
wildlife management concerns. However,
consideration is given to studies of scientific value on any
species. In some cases, MRF works in
close partnership with other agencies to address large-scale research
issues through the effective use of combined resources. For projects that MRF pursues independently, the foundation supports the scientific community through the publication and
open discussion of
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