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Facts of Migration1

Nature volume 88, pages 318319 (04 January 1912) | Download Citation



FOR learned and unlearned alike there is a peculiar fascination in the migrational movements of birds, and the more we know about them the more the wonder grows. The problems now clearly discerned will probably afford material for several centuries of inquiry, and there are others which we have not yet learned to state. In all such cases it seems to be in accordance with sound scientific method that we should tackle the more tangible problems first, that we should accumulate facts on all sides, and that we should pursue different paths of inquiry in the hope that their convergence may lead us to discovery. That we should occasionally relieve tension by flying a speculative kite will do no harm to anyone.

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