We summarize the key factors involved in decisions on the scientific collecting of birds and consider a broader ethical landscape of the issues. We believe this focus will be useful for collectors and their institutions, for permitting agencies and institutional committees, for conservationists, and for the concerned public.
Kevin Winker, J. Michael Reed, Patricia Escalante, Robert A. Askins, Carla Cicero, Gerald E. Hough, and John Bates (2010) The Importance, Effects, and Ethics of Bird Collecting. The Auk: July 2010, Vol. 127, No. 3, pp. 690-695. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/auk.2010.09199