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Protection of neotropical migrants as a major focus of wildlife managementAuthor(s): Lawrence J. Niles
Source: In: Finch, Deborah M.; Stangel, Peter W. (eds.). Status and management of neotropical migratory birds: September 21-25, 1992, Estes Park, Colorado. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-229. Fort Collins, Colo.: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service: 392-395
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionDue to their funding source, wildlife management programs devoted most resources to game species management, and ignored large scale biodiversity initiatives, such as the protection of neotropical migrant land birds. Neotropical migrants are, however, a major focus of the new field of conservation biology, whose proponents consider the field more inclusive than wildlife management, and consider wildlife management a subdiscipline on the scale of forestry or range management. However, the relationship between conservation biology and wildlife management is evolving toward a partnership. Preserving biodiversity requires protection and management of public land, infrastructure of trained professionals in existing agencies, and the support of the wildlife management agency constituency. I suggest the relationship could be improved by 1) conservation biologists giving greater consideration to the value of traditional wildlife management techniques such as hunting; 2) coordinating regulatory protection of neotropical migrants in existing agencies, primarily fish and wildlife agencies; 3) developing and incorporating management of neotropical migrants into existing land and population management actions; and 4) developing stable funding for nongame wildlife programs.
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CitationNiles, Lawrence J. 1993. Protection of neotropical migrants as a major focus of wildlife management. In: Finch, Deborah M.; Stangel, Peter W. (eds.). Status and management of neotropical migratory birds: September 21-25, 1992, Estes Park, Colorado. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-229. Fort Collins, Colo.: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service: 392-395
Keywordsmigratory birds, wildlife management
- Population ecology, habitat requirements, and conservation of neotropical migratory birds
- EMAP and other tools for measuring biodiversity, habitat conditions, and environmental trends
- Relationships between avian richness and landscape structure at multiple scales using multiple landscapes
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