Academic Articles March 9

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Legal hunting for conservation of highly threatened species: The case of African rhinos

  • Source: Conservation Letters
  • Author(s): Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes et al.
  • Legal hunting of threatened species—and especially the recreational practice of “trophy hunting”—is controversial with ethical objections being increasingly voiced. Less public attention has been paid to how hunting (even of threatened species) can be useful as a conservation tool, and likely…

Rewilding Argentina: lessons for the 2030 biodiversity targets

  • Source: Nature
  • Author(s): Emiliano Donadio et al.
  • The popularity of rewilding projects is growing. These include: wolves brought back to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, beavers to England, bison and musk ox to northern Russia, leopards to Mozambique and Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia. The International Union for Conservation…

Global geographical and latitudinal variation in butterfly species richness captured through a comprehensive country‐level occurrence database

  • Source: Global EGlobal Ecology and Biogeography
  • Author(s): Stefan Pinkert et al.
  • The presented data and analyses highlight the potential of leveraging multiple types of distribution information, particularly for taxa with limited data and their incorporation in ecological and conservation analysis. Our database and associated workflows provide a basis for an improved…

The disproportionate value of ‘weeds’ to pollinators and biodiversity 

  • Source: Journal of Applied Ecology
  • Author(s): Nicholas J. Balfour and Francis L. W. Ratnieks
  • Our results clearly show that weeds have an underappreciated value to biodiversity. Unfortunately, current UK agricultural policy encourages neither land sparing for nor land sharing with weeds. The UK government is, however, currently committed to overhauling agricultural payments to encourage more…

Analysing the impact of communication and public participation on the acceptability of Germany’s Black Forest National Park

  • Source: Journal for Nature Conservation
  • Author(s): Melina Fienitz et al.
  • For successful management and development of protected areas in general, and national parks (NPs) more specifically, a high acceptance by local residents, interest groups, and policy makers is needed. Communication and participation as influencing factors of acceptability have mostly been analysed…

Prioritising conservation actions for extremely data-poor species: A risk assessment for one of the world’s rarest marine fishes

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Tyson J. Bessell et al.
  • Effective prioritisation of research and conservation action for threatened species requires understanding the relative importance of the various pressures they face. This can be difficult for rare, cryptic, and data-deficient species, particularly when drivers of population decline are complex…

Management diversity begets biodiversity in production forest landscapes

  • Source: Biological Conservation
  • Author(s): Rémi Duflot et al.
  • How to manage forest for biodiversity conservation is an ongoing debate. We argue that maximizing biodiversity in managed forest landscapes requires a diversity of forest management regimes in space and time. This will generate high levels of habitat heterogeneity at a landscape scale, which in turn…

Searching for genetic evidence of demographic decline in an arctic seabird: beware of overlapping generations

  • Source: Heredity
  • Author(s): Emeline Charbonnel et al.
  • Genetic data are useful for detecting sudden population declines in species that are difficult to study in the field. Yet this indirect approach has its own drawbacks, including population structure, mutation patterns, and generation overlap. The ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea), a long-lived Arctic seabird…

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