Impacting habitat connectivity of the endangered Florida panther for the transition to utility‐scale solar energy

In a new study, Leskova and colleagues examined the impacts of utility-scale solar energy (USSE) facility installations on habitat connectivity for Florida Panther within Peninsular Florida. Faced with the challenge of meeting increasing global energy demands and pressure to shift from conventional fossil fuels to renewable energy sources to mitigate climate change, the environmental trade-offs associated with renewable energy’s implementation are becoming increasingly apparent. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Impacting habitat connectivity of the endangered Florida panther for the transition to utility‐scale solar energy

How does bat box design affect box temperatures and their suitability as maternity habitats?

In this podcast, authors Joy O’Keefe and Frank Tillman are interviewed about their latest research that seeks to better understand how bat box design affect internal temperatures – a critical factor for a species that spend more than half a day at roosts. Bat boxes are becoming important tools for conservationists worldwide. In our latest study published in Ecological Solutions and Evidence, we compared the … Continue reading How does bat box design affect box temperatures and their suitability as maternity habitats?

Can artificial floods restore ecological health below the riverbed?

Kate Mathers and colleagues describe their latest research which aims to fill a much needed knowledge gap in the effects of artificial floods on subsurface habitats Naturally, river systems and their flow regimes are dynamic, reacting to changing meteorological events such as intense rainfall or annual snowmelt. This hydrological variability is vital in supporting a healthy river system because fluctuating flows regulate sediment transport (gravels … Continue reading Can artificial floods restore ecological health below the riverbed?

Helping practitioners to make and document conservation decisions: the Evidence-to-Decision tool

In this contribution post, Alec Christie introduces a novel tool guiding and encouraging practitioners to document and report the evidence and reasoning behind conservation decisions. The tool guide and template are permanently archived in Applied Ecology Resources. Originally posted and adapted from the Conservation Evidence blog and Conservation Land Management.. When undertaking actions to restore habitats or conserve wildlife, we often have to make difficult … Continue reading Helping practitioners to make and document conservation decisions: the Evidence-to-Decision tool

A tool to guide the selection of tree species and seed sources for forest landscape restoration

In their latest research, Tobias Fremout and colleagues present a scalable and freely available online tool, Diversity for Restoration (D4R), to identify suitable tree species and seed sources for climate-resilient tropical forest landscape restoration. Governments, NGOs and companies around the world have made ambitious pledges to restore the Earth’s degraded ecosystems. These grand commitments, such as the Bonn Challenge and the One Trillion Tree Initiative, … Continue reading A tool to guide the selection of tree species and seed sources for forest landscape restoration

Community-level responses of African carnivores to prescribed burning

Fires are common in many ecosystems world-wide, and are frequently used as a management tool. Using South African carnivores as their focal community, Laura C. Gigliotti and colleagues explore the relative changes in carnivore intensity of use in post-fire landscapes associated with hypothesized changes in prey availability and top-down suppression. Prescribed burning is a common form of habitat management and assessing wildlife responses to burning is … Continue reading Community-level responses of African carnivores to prescribed burning

Integrating snake distribution, abundance and expert-derived behavioural traits to predict snakebite risk

In their latest research, Martin et al. estimate the spatial patterns of seven snake species from Sri Lanka and combine these estimations with indices of species’ relative abundance, aggressiveness and envenoming severity to test whether these traits explain spatial patterns of snakebite risk. Whenever we go out for a walk to the bush, for holidays to an exotic, desolate and beautiful place, the idea of … Continue reading Integrating snake distribution, abundance and expert-derived behavioural traits to predict snakebite risk

Oportunidades para conservar las aves migratorias y al mismo tiempo beneficiar a los vertebrados residentes amenazados en América Latina

Esta publicación también está disponible en inglés aquí. Cada año, millones de aves migratorias salen de sus áreas de reproducción en los bosques templados de Canadá y Estados Unidos y migran a sus territorios de invernada en los bosques tropicales de América Latina en donde pasan entre seis y nueve meses entre una rica diversidad de especies Neotropicales residentes. Muchas especies de aves migratorias están … Continue reading Oportunidades para conservar las aves migratorias y al mismo tiempo beneficiar a los vertebrados residentes amenazados en América Latina

Opportunities to conserve migratory birds and at the same time benefit threatened resident vertebrates in Latin America

This blog is also available in Spanish here Biodiversity conservation requires decisions about how to efficiently allocate limited resources among management strategies, locations and species. In their latest research, Wilson et al. demonstrate how novel, high-resolution information on species distributions and risk of forest loss can be integrated to identify priority areas for the two groups at regional and landscape scales. Each year, millions of … Continue reading Opportunities to conserve migratory birds and at the same time benefit threatened resident vertebrates in Latin America

Using Indigenous and Western Science as a pathway for freshwater research across Canada

Steven Alexander and colleagues discuss their team’s latest research examining the extent to which Indigenous science and knowledge contribute to freshwater research and monitoring across Canada. There are many benefits to drawing upon diverse knowledge systems in environmental research. Such practices – referred to by various terms including bridging, weaving, or braiding – have been shown to improve our collective understanding of environmental change, expand … Continue reading Using Indigenous and Western Science as a pathway for freshwater research across Canada