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Setting conservation priorities for migratory networks under uncertainty

Dhanjal-Adams, Kiran L., Klaassen, Marcel, Nicol, Sam, Possingham, Hugh P., Chadès, Iadine and Fuller, Richard A. 2016, Setting conservation priorities for migratory networks under uncertainty, Conservation biology, In Press, pp. 1-25, doi: 10.1111/cobi.12842.

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Title Setting conservation priorities for migratory networks under uncertainty
Author(s) Dhanjal-Adams, Kiran L.
Klaassen, Marcel
Nicol, Sam
Possingham, Hugh P.
Chadès, Iadine
Fuller, Richard A.
Journal name Conservation biology
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 25
Total pages 25
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09-18
ISSN 0888-8892
Keyword(s) charadriiformes
conservation planning
decision making
maximum flow
migratory species
Summary Conserving migratory species requires protecting connected habitat along the pathways they travel. Despite recent improvements in tracking animal movements, migratory connectivity remains poorly resolved at a population level for the vast majority of species, hampering conservation prioritisation. In the face of these data limitations, we develop a novel approach to spatial prioritisation based on a model of potential connectivity, derived from empirical data on species abundance and distances travelled between sites while on migration. Applying this approach to migratory shorebirds using the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, we demonstrate that conservation strategies that prioritise sites based on connectivity and abundance together, outperform strategies that only prioritise sites based on the abundance of birds. The conservation value of a site is therefore dependent on both its capacity to support migratory animals and its position within the migratory pathway, with the loss of crucial sites leading to partial or total population collapse. We suggest that strategies prioritising conservation action at sites supporting large populations of migrants should, where possible, be augmented using data or models on the spatial arrangement of sites.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12842
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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