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Contents of this page:

     · General information

       · Migratory species listings

              ~ Global

              ~ Regional

              ~ Domestic

         · Periodicals

           · Institutions

             · Climate change

               · Select readings on migratory species, ecosystem services & nature‘s contributions to people (NCPs)


     · Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

       · Timeline of international agreements for migratory species conservation

         · Migratory aquatic species

           · Migratory birds

General information

Animal migration @ NGS

List of migratory animals with Pictures & facts @ ActiveWild

14 of the greatest animal migrations @ Treehugger

Migrations in Motion @ TNC

Migratory Connectivity Project @ Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

     Atlas of Migratory Connectivity

Migratory Insects of North America

MoveBank for animal tracking data

     · "...a free, online database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior.

     We help animal tracking researchers to manage, share, protect, analyze and archive their data."

Migratory species listings


     Global Registry of Migratory Species (GROMS)

     Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

          · Species listing

          · Global Initiative on Ungulate Migration (GIUM) @ CMS

               · While the term “ungulates” generally means “hooved mammal," it is not easy to pin down  

                   a widely accepted formal or informal definition, and it seems to be a designation that has  

                   been dropped from modern taxonomic systems. It includes, but is not limited to, artiodactyla

                   and perrisodactyla (see below).


    Migratory insects of North America @ Texas Entomology


    Migratory Species List @ Australia EPBCA

    List of migratory birds @ US Code of Federal Regulations

    Highly migratory fish species @ USNOAA


Animal Migration

Movement Ecology


     Portfolio: Animal migration

           · Research updates & news

     Knowledge Project: Animal migration

Climate change


ICARUS: International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space

Journey North

Migratory Connectivity Project

     · “Given the rapid advancement of technology and migratory connectivity data, the Migratory

        Connectivity Project was created to facilitate development of new technologies and serve as

        a portal for gathering and disseminating information. Our ultimate goal is to advance the

        conservation and understanding of animals throughout their full life cycle by promoting the

        science of migratory connectivity.”

Wild Migration

     · This Australia-based organization “builds the participation capacity of wildlife scientists,

        wildlife policy experts, NGOs and CSOs around the world to secure international wildlife


Select reading on migratory species & ecosystem services & nature‘s contributions to people

Bagstad, Kenneth J., Darius J. Semmens, James E. Diffendorfer, Brady J. Mattsson, James Dubovsky, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Ruscena Wiederholt, John Loomis, Joanna A. Bieri, Christine Sample, Joshua Goldstein, and Laura López-Hoffman. 2018. Ecosystem service flows from a migratory species: Spatial subsidies of the northern pintail. Ambio 48, no. 1: 61-73.

Chester, Charles C., Aaron M. Lien, Juanita Sundberg, Jay E. Diffendorfer, Columba Gonzalez‐Duarte, Brady J. Mattsson, Rodrigo A. Medellín, Darius J. Semmens, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Jonathan J. Derbridge, and Laura López‐Hoffman. 2022. Using ecosystem services to identify inequitable outcomes in migratory species conservation. Conservation Letters e12920.

Kulmala, S, P Haapasaari, TP Karjalainen, S Kuikka, T Pakarinen, K Parkkila, A Romakkaniemi, and PJ Vuorinen. 2012. Ecosystem services provided by Baltic salmon: A regional perspective to the socio-economic benefits associated with a keystone migratory species. In Synthesis in the context of the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (TEEB), eds. M. Kettunen, P. Vihervaara, S. Kinnunen, D. D’Amato, T. Badura, M. Argimon, and P. Ten Brink, 266-276.

López-Hoffman, L., D. Semmens, and J. Diffendorfer. 2013. How do migratory species add ecosystem services value to wilderness? International Journal of Wilderness 19, no. 1: 14-19.

López-Hoffman, Laura, Charles C. Chester, and Robert Merideth. 2017. Conserving transborder migratory bats, preserving nature’s benefits to humans: The lesson from North America’s bird conservation treaties. BioScience 67, no. 4: 321-322.

López-Hoffman, Laura, Charles C Chester, Darius J Semmens, Wayne E Thogmartin, M Sofia Rodríguez-McGoffin, Robert Merideth, and Jay E Diffendorfer. 2017. Ecosystem services from transborder migratory species: Implications for conservation governance. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 42, 509-539.

López-Hoffman, Laura, Jay Diffendorfer, Ruscena Wiederholt, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Gary McCracken, Rodrigo L. Medellin, Amy Russell, and Darius J. Semmens. 2017. Operationalizing the telecoupling framework for migratory species using the spatial subsidies approach to examine ecosystem services provided by Mexican free-tailed bats. Ecology and Society 22, no. 4: 23.

Semmens, Darius J., James E. Diffendorfer, Laura López-Hoffman, and Carl D. Shapiro. 2011. Accounting for the ecosystem services of migratory species: Quantifying migration support and spatial subsidies. Ecological Economics 70, no. 12: 2236-2242.

Semmens, Darius J., Jay E. Diffendorfer, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Ruscena Wiederholt, Karen Oberhauser, Leslie Ries, Brice X. Semmens, Joshua Goldstein, John Loomis, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Brady J. Mattsson, and Laura López-Hoffman. 2018. Quantifying ecosystem service flows at multiple scales across the range of a long-distance migratory species. Ecosystem Services 31, 255-264.

Whelan, Christopher J., Daniel G. Wenny, and Robert J. Marquis. 2008. Ecosystem Services Provided by Birds. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1134, no. 1: 25-60.

Yam, RS, KP Huang, HL Hsieh, HJ Lin, and SC Huang. 2015. An ecosystem-service approach to evaluate the role of non-native species in urbanized wetlands. Int J Environ Res Public Health 12, no. 4: 3926-3943.

Migratory species & animal migration