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Animal MigrationA Synthesis$
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E.J. Milner-Gulland, John M. Fryxell, and Anthony R.E. Sinclair

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568994.001.0001

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Conservation and management of migratory species

Conservation and management of migratory species

(p.172) Chapter 11 Conservation and management of migratory species
Animal Migration

Jennifer L. Shuter

Annette C. Broderick

David J. Agnew

Niclas Jonzén

Brendan J. Godley

E.J. Milner‐Gulland

Simon Thirgood

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the conservation and management of migratory animals and the phenomenon of migration. It begins with an overview of the diversity of migratory organisms; migration loss and its potential ecological and economic impacts; and strategies for managing migratory species and migratory behaviour. Subsequent sections detail the major threats facing migratory species (habitat loss/degradation, over-exploitation, climate change, interrupted migration); how different environments and specific migratory characteristics (site fidelity, aggregation, behavioural plasticity) can influence a migrant's vulnerability to these threats; existing conservation, restoration and management approaches; and the institutional frameworks that support conservation and management. Case studies profile terrestrial, aerial, and aquatic migrants, and describe their biology, threats, and conservation management. The chapter closes with an assessment of the difficulties associated with developing effective conservation strategies for migratory species and an overview of some of the multilateral agreements that are often critical for their protection and management.

Keywords:   migration, conservation, management, habitat loss, over-exploitation, global climate change, migratory characteristics, multi-lateral agreement, vulnerability

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