Migration Research Foundation (MRF) is an incorporated not-for-profit
organization with full charitable status in Canada. The headquarters are in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, near our flagship project, McGill Bird Observatory. Mailing addresses can be
found under Contact Information.
Understanding the year-round distribution, habitat needs and migratory
patterns of species is critical for planning wildlife conservation, yet
for many species such knowledge is incomplete.
MRF primarily studies migration though traditional methods such as
banding/tagging of individuals, but also uses more technologically advanced
techniques like satellite and radio telemetry and stable isotope analysis, as well as observational studies. As new technology becomes available and current
telemetry options are improved, MRF will incorporate such advances into
its project scope and design.
MRF is committed to:
upon current knowledge and seeking new avenues of research to
ensure a responsible and proactive role in wildlife monitoring.
All species will be considered and the most appropriate methods will
be implemented based on the species and their ecosystem.
research projects based on the evaluation of conservation research
needs. The results of data collection and subsequent analysis
will be used in support of the scientific community, especially those
engaged in species conservation and management.
Performing research projects that study the ecosystem in which a
species resides; studies of this size generally require the
participation of one or more outside conservation-minded
seeking out partnerships with governments, private conservation
organizations and wildlife agencies to create collaborative projects.
Such partnerships enable large-scale long-term monitoring projects,
and endeavors of this type provide the largest quantity of data for
use by conservation organizations and governments.
involved in at least two projects per year, addressing areas where
data are significantly lacking; additional smaller projects will
round out MRF's focus.
As the organization grows and is able to add more research
professionals, large concurrent projects will be undertaken.
under the highest ethical standards and conducting its business
activities in an appropriate arms-length manner.