Dynamic conservation for migratory species

Mark D. Reynolds*, Brian L. Sullivan, Eric Hallstein, Sandra Matsumoto, Steve Kelling, Matthew Merrifield, Daniel Fink, Alison Johnston, Wesley M. Hochachka, Nicholas E. Bruns, Matthew E. Reiter, Sam Veloz, Catherine Hickey, Nathan Elliott, Leslie Martin, John W. Fitzpatrick, Paul Spraycar, Gregory H. Golet, Christopher McColl, Candace LowScott A. Morrison

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Abstract

In an era of unprecedented and rapid global change, dynamic conservation strategies that tailor the delivery of habitat to when and where it is most needed can be critical for the persistence of species, especially those with diverse and dispersed habitat requirements. We demonstrate the effectiveness of such a strategy for migratory waterbirds. We analyzed citizen science and satellite data to develop predictive models of bird populations and the availability of wetlands, which we used to determine temporal and spatial gaps in habitat during a vital stage of the annual migration. We then filled those gaps using a reverse auction marketplace to incent qualifying landowners to create temporary wetlands on their properties. This approach is a cost-effective way of adaptively meeting habitat needs for migratory species, optimizes conservation outcomes relative to investment, and can be applied broadly to other conservation challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1700707
Number of pages8
JournalScience Advances
Volume3
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • CENTRAL VALLEY
  • BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
  • ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
  • WINTER MANAGEMENT
  • PROTECTED AREAS
  • RICE FIELDS
  • CALIFORNIA
  • PATTERNS
  • CONTRACTS
  • BENEFITS

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