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A huge thank you is given to members of S.M.A.R.T. and all local island conservation staff, past and present, on Aride, Cousin, Cousine, Denis and Frégate Islands, for collection and care of blood samples (and the birds). These thanks are further extended to Nature Seychelles, specifically Eric Blais, and to Ashley Dias and the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate for facilitating all necessary permits and for the careful transport of blood samples from Seychelles. We thank Kate Lessells and Christa Mateman at NIOO for long‐term care and generous handover of Aride blood samples that were integral to this research. We also thank Fatima Sanchez, Andy Foote and Mark de Manuel for advice on various programme parameters, Stephen Garrett for invaluable grammar corrections of the manuscript, Mikkel Skovrind for excellent map creation skills and Chris Tagg for the endearing photo of Magpie‐Robin feeding time. Overwhelming thanks gor to Cheryl Sanchez for enthusiasm for this research before it even began, and for local support in getting this project off the ground. We also thank the Experiment fundraising platform and all those who donated at the early stages of this project. This research was principally supported through ERC Consolidator grant 681396 Extinction Genomics and Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Evolutionary Hologenomics DNRF143 grants to M.T.P.G. R.F. thanks the Danish National Research Foundation for its support of the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate (DNRF96).
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- avian conservation
- conservation genetics
- endangered species
- whole-genome resequencing