Academic Articles December 1

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Can a large-landscape conservation vision contribute to achieving biodiversity targets?

  • Source: Conservation Science and Practice
  • Author(s): Mark Hebblewhite et al.
  • Despite growing recognition of large-landscape conservation strategies, there have been few tests to date of conservation gains achieved through such approaches. We tested for conservation gains in the Y2Y region of North America following initiation of the Y2Y conservation vision in 1993…

First tracking of the oceanic spawning migrations of Australasian short-finned eels (Anguilla australis)

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Wayne M. Koster et al.
  • Anguillid eel populations have declined dramatically over the last 50 years in many regions of the world, and numerous species are now under threat. A critical life-history phase is migration from freshwater to distant oceans, culminating in a single life-time spawning event. For many anguillids, especially those…

Camera trap placement for evaluating species richness, abundance, and activity

  • Source: Scientific Reports
  • Author(s): Kamakshi S. Tanwar et al.
  • Our results show that trail and random camera setup give similar estimates of species richness and group size, but differ for estimates of relative abundance and activity patterns. Therefore, inferences made from each of these camera trap designs on the above parameters need to be viewed within this context…

Pyrodiversity promotes pollinator diversity in a fire‐adapted landscape

  • Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Author(s): Michael D Ulyshen et al.
  • Fire is a key determinant of vegetation structure and composition in ecosystems worldwide and is therefore an important management tool. The “pyrodiversity hypothesis”, which postulates that biodiversity will increase as fire diversity increases, remains largely untested for pollinators, a group of high…

Identifying science-policy consensus regions of high biodiversity value and institutional recognition

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Marta Cimatti et al.
  • Under unsustainable rates of global biodiversity loss, there is urgent need to improve area-based conservation interventions and focus on regions with the highest conservation value. Efficient conservation plans require knowledge of the most important biodiversity areas, but several…

The importance of U.S. national forest roadless areas for vulnerable wildlife species

  • Source: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Author(s): Matthew S. Dietz et al.
  • Inventoried roadless areas (IRAs) in national forests in the contiguous United States (CONUS) are public lands that are ecologically intact and could be prime candidates for addition to the protected-area system, thereby contributing to the goal of protecting 30% of the Earth by 2030. Despite calls…

Impacts of extreme environmental disturbances on piping plover survival are partially moderated by migratory connectivity

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Kristen S. Ellis et al.
  • Effective conservation for listed migratory species requires an understanding of how drivers of population decline vary spatially and temporally, as well as knowledge of range-wide connectivity between breeding and nonbreeding areas. Environmental conditions distant from breeding areas…

Balancing conservation priorities for grassland and forest specialist bird communities in agriculturally dominated landscapes

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Devin R. de Zwaan et al.
  • Effective conservation planning often requires difficult decisions when at-risk species inhabit economically valuable landscapes or if the needs of multiple threatened species do not align. In the agriculture-dominated landscape of eastern Ontario and southwestern Quebec, Canada…

Interpreting and integrating multiple endemism metrics to identify hotspots for conservation priorities

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Benjamin R. Shipley & Jenny L. McGuire
  • Endemic species represent an important component of biodiversity. They are functionally and evolutionarily distinct from cosmopolitan species, and are under greater threat of extinction. As a result, endemism hotspots are often used to examine the ecology of range size and to identify the most critical…

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