The Ornithological Council is updating the Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research – and they need your help!

The Ornithological Council is planning a minor revision to the Guidelines to the Use
of Wild Birds in Research. This foundational publication, now in its third edition,
provides an in-depth guide to the animal welfare considerations when performing
research involving wild birds, including ethical considerations and the legal
framework that must be followed by researchers. Topics include investigator impact generally, collecting and trapping, marking, transport, housing and captive breeding, minor and major manipulative procedures, and euthanasia.

The last edition was published in 2010. The Ornithological Council is interested in
compiling updated references from the last 10 years so we can include those in the
next update. If you are aware of a methods paper relevant to a topic covered in the
Guidelines, please submit the citation (and if you have it, a PDF of the paper or a
link to it) to Laura Bies ( Also submit papers that are not
methods papers per se but assess the impact of the study methods.

We are also looking for volunteers to coordinate the literature reviews for each
chapter. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Laura Bies at

The chapters in the Guidelines are:
Chapter I. Introduction
Chapter 2. Impact of Investigator Presence
Chapter 3. Capture and Marking
Chapter 4. Transport of Wild Bird
Chapter 5. Captive Management
Chapter 6. Minor Manipulative Procedures
Chapter 7. Major Manipulative Procedures
Chapter 8. Scientific Collecting

The 2010 edition of Guidelines is available on our website at BIRDNET.ORG. Thank
you in advance for your contributions!

~Guest news post written by Laura Bies


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