By Anthony Anderson, Clinton N. Jenkins
The fragmenting of habitats is endangering animal populations and degrading or destroying many plant populations during the global. to deal with this challenge, conservationists have more and more became to organic corridors, parts of land put aside to facilitate the stream of species and ecological methods. even though, whereas 1000's of hall tasks are lower than means around the globe, there's little useful details to lead their layout, position, and administration. Applying Nature's Design deals a finished evaluate of present wisdom on corridors, their layout, and their implementation. Anthony B. Anderson and Clinton N. Jenkins learn numerous conceptual and functional concerns linked to corridors and supply unique case reports from world wide. Their paintings considers find out how to deal with and govern corridors, the best way to construct help between a variety of curiosity teams for corridors, and the hindrances to implementation. as well as assessing quite a few environmental and ecological demanding situations, the authors are the 1st to contemplate the significance of socioeconomic and political matters in developing and protecting corridors.
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Additional resources for Applying Nature's Design: Corridors as a Strategy for Biodiversity Conservation (Issues, Cases, and Methods in Biodiversity Conservation)
Contrasting strategies for conserving t h e fl o r i d a p a n t h e r The Florida panther (Felis concolor coryi) is one of the most endangered species in North America. Because of rapid development, its range is now limited to a few isolated locales (including the one million–hectare Everglades/Big Cypress protected areas) that support tiny populations at high risk of inbreeding depression. To counter this threat, efforts to establish corridors to connect remaining habitat fragments are now under way (see case 3).
Predator versus prey), feeding behavior, habitat requirements, space-use patterns, and social organization. These traits help determine the likelihood that animals will find, select, and successfully pass through a corridor. For example, the probability of an animal finding a corridor depends on the distance it must travel to encounter the corridor and on its mobility and exploratory behavior. The probability that the animal will then select the corridor as a movement path depends on how it perceives the quality of the corridor habitat as compared to the patch and matrix habitats.
Several species of large mammals—including wolf (Canis lupus), dingo (C. familiaris dingo), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), lion (Panthera leo), and African elephant (Loxodonta africana)—utilize lightly traveled roads for passage. Roads are most likely to benefit wildlife movement when they receive light use and include a broad swath of intact habitat on either side (Bennett 1991). The potential for roadways to serve as biological corridors is limited, however, by hazards that also make roads formidable barriers to wildlife movement.