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The movement shortfall in bird conservation : accounting for nomadic, dispersive and irruptive species [Animal conservation]

Keywords : citizen science, conservation planning, biogeography, knowledge shortfalls, migration, science communication

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Efforts to prioritize conservation planning are undermined by several recognized knowledge shortfalls. Here we highlight a further shortfall, which we term the ‘movement shortfall’, in our knowledge of species movements, with particular reference to dispersive, irruptive and nomadic birds. Despite 100 years of ringing effort, the movement characteristics of these species are still poorly known, as the irregularity of their movements and low human population densities in parts of their range impede traditional methods.(...)

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