Stronger local management can increase the resilience of nature to the impacts of climate change, writes an international team of researchers in Science.
GR: Hmm, effective local management, at least in the U. S., has to be by citizen naturalists. The government agencies often make management choices that favor private profits over nature health.
See on Scoop.it – GarryRogers NatCon News
By Victoria. “Imagine circling the Earth twice on foot while drinking your weight in flower nectar each day. That’s the human equivalent of what Calliope Hummingbirds do, by wing, twice a year, in their migrations between Washington and Mexico.
“Using data from the eBird citizen-science project, researchers patched together hummingbird sightings from more than 300,000 checklists across North America to track the central hub of migration over a five-year period. Based on the number of eBird sightings at different locations, researchers calculated the average location of hummingbird populations for each day. For example, of the estimated 2 million Calliope Hummingbirds in North America, some individuals were recorded by eBird participants during the study period from 2008 to 2013. Researchers used these sightings to then find the average location of all Calliope Hummingbirds each day and visualize overall movement of the species throughout migration” Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
GR: Calliopes pass through my region, but they are rare here. What’s interesting is that checklists by citizen naturalists have made an analysis possible that could never have been done by ornithologists alone.
“If you record or are interested in recording wildlife then we would love to hear from you. We can offer advice and support, access to some training and help with managing data and providing data to TWIC. If you would like maps, data or any other information to help you with your recording work then get in touch and we will see how we can help.
“Every year we organise survey work at a number of sites and are always looking for more recorders to help. We also organise public surveys, to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in recording. See the link to recording events to see reports of recent meetings and find out what is going on in the near future. We also occasionally put out special requests for sightings of particular species – see the Request for Data page.
“For help with the identification of particular groups see the ‘List of Local Experts’.”
GR: Scotland has a smaller population than Arizona, my home state. Yet I am not aware of a comparable program here. If any of you Arizona readers know of a state supported program like this, please add a comment. Thank you.
P.S. Note that none of the wildlife information being collected could be acquired from space.