Global versus Local Conservation Focus of U.S. State Agency Endangered Bird Species Lists

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Jeffrey V. Wells, Bruce Robertson, Kenneth V. Rosenberg and David W. Mehlman have recently published a paper titled „Global versus Local Conservation Focus of U.S. State Agency Endangered Bird Species Lists,“ which is of interest to all involved in biodiversity or bird conservation studies.  The abstract to their paper reads:

The development of species priorities for conservation at local or regional scales (for example, within a state or province) poses an interesting paradox. One the one hand, locally or regionally-derived species priorities may lead to greater interest in and resources directed to biodiversity conservation by local or regional institutions. On the other hand, locally or regionally-derived species priorities could overlook national or global priorities. We assessed U.S. state government agency endangered-threatened bird lists to determine the comparative representation of species of global versus local conservation significance on them. State lists tended to be represented primarily by species of low global risk-low global responsibility (range: 15–100%; mean 51%) and high global risk-high global responsibility (range: 0–73%; mean 35%). In 25 states, more than half of the species on the state lists were in the low global risk-low global responsibility category. Most U.S. state agency lists represent a combined strategy of highlighting species of both local and global conservation significance. Even with this combined local-global strategy, most state lists were predominated by species that represent local but not global conservation significance. Such a strategy could have profound negative consequences for many species that are not formally recognized under national endangered species protections but that are also left off of state-level endangered species lists.

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Citation: Wells JV, Robertson B, Rosenberg KV, Mehlman DW (2010) Global versus Local Conservation Focus of U.S. State Agency Endangered Bird Species Lists. PLoS ONE 5(1): e8608. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008608

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