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Wings and Rings; A History of Bird Migration Studies in Europe

by Richard Vaughan

Wings and Rings; A History of Bird Migration Studies in Europe
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This title is about the systematic or scientific study of bird migration and four pioneering individual ornithologists who feature prominently in this historical study. They were Heinrich Gatke who was the first serious observer of bird migration, Hans Christian Cornelius Mortensen who invented ringing, Johannes Thienemann who founded the first bird observatory and William Eagle Clarke who initiated the study of visible migration at lighthouses.

Goes on to explain how, after being left in ruins in 1944-1945, Vogelwarte Helgoland was rebuilt on its island home in the North Sea and Vogelwarte Rossitten on the shore of the Baltic Sea became a Russin institute and was renamed Rybachy Biological Station.


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