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Protecting piping plovers: Evaluating population viability and efficacy of conservation management using integrated population models

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Posted: 23 Jan 2018 08:25 AM PST read full ScienceDaily article here

Visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are often treated to tiny scurrying beachcombers — piping plovers. Future visitors, however, could see fewer of these celebrated shorebirds. A new study reveals that the endangered shorebird population could decline over the next 10 years and changes in management strategies are needed. The authors demonstrate that current counting methods may not accurately predict future plover populations without considering a growing predator population…

Sarah P. Saunders, Francesca J. Cuthbert, Elise F. Zipkin. Evaluating population viability and efficacy of conservation management using integrated population models. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2018; DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.13080

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