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Letter to the Editor

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Ecological Applications


The Ecological Society of America

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Marques et al. (2017) write in response to a communications paper in which I (Hutto 2016) question whether a model-based approach is the only way to deal with the detectability problem inherent in bird survey work. The model-based approach to dealing with potential detectability bias is widely viewed as the operational gold standard, and I welcome the comments from experts in this field. The authors did uncover some errors on my part, which I address below, but they also misrepresented my most important points, so I am glad to have the opportunity to respond here. [1st paragraph]



© 2017 by the Ecological Society of America

Recommended Citation

Hutto, R. L. (2017), Reply to Marques et al. (2017): how to best handle potential detectability bias. Ecol Appl, 27: 1699–1702. doi:10.1002/eap.1570

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