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Category: Migratory species


Title: Saving Our Shared Birds

Organization: Partners in Flight

Date: 2010

Language: English, Spanish

Number of pages: 52

Summary: Nearly 17% of bird species in North America have highly threatened populations in clear decline. This report offers the first tri-national vision for landbird conservation in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, conducted by the international initiative Partners in Flight. These countries share 882 landbird species - one-third of them depend on at least two countries to carry out their annual life cycle, while another 200 species depend on all three countries. This study includes figures on the loss of bird abundance and diversity in the region, underscoring the need for a commitment by the three countries to achieve the long-term conservation of their shared bird species. It also suggests tri-national actions ranging from urgent measures for the species at greatest risk to other medium and long term actions such as planning productive activities and the development of incentives and sustainable economies that consider the conservation of key habitat for these birds.


Title: Plan Nacional de las Especies Migratorias: diagnóstico e identificación de acciones para la conservación y el manejo sostenible de las especies migratorias e la biodiversidad en Colombia

Organizations: World Wildlife Fund - Colombia; Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Territorial Development of Colombia

Date: 2009

Language: Spanish

Number of pages: 214

Summary: This report defines various courses of action, goals, and activities identified by a diverse group of stakeholders as being critical to the protection of migratory wildlife -- represented by some 549 species -- and the habitats they occupy in Colombia. The document is divided into two parts. The first is an exhaustive assessment of the current knowledge and research on biological groups in Colombia that contain migratory species. The second part lays out a framework for the implementation of a national plan for the conservation and protection of migratory species in Colombia.

This plan aims to serve as a reference tool for national policy, to help launch an intra- and inter-institutional cooperative scheme among international and national entities. It is hoped that it will lead to the implementation of actions and strategies in Colombia for the conservation, research, valuation, use, control, and management of these species and their habitats with the participation of regional and local communities.


Title: Migratory Species and Climate Change: Impacts of a Changing Environment on Wild Animals

Organizations: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS); and the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Date: 2006

Language: English

Number of pages: 64

Summary: Since the effects of climate change cannot be prevented or reversed in the short-term, conservationists need to take actions to help increase the ability of species to adapt to changes in their environment. For migratory species in particular, ecosystem resilience needs to be enhanced and the connectivity of habitats improved to allow for migrants shifts in ranges and allow for unhindered migration. This report aims to raise awareness of the unique needs of migratory species by detailing a variety of case studies, assessing impacts, and identifying possible solutions and mitigation measures. The report is divided into 10 distinct sections, focusing on the effects of climate change on biodiversity; examples of vulnerability assessments of important migratory species habitats from Eastern Asia and Northern Australia; the impacts of climate change on marine apex predators and marine turtles; information about the Convention on Migratory Species resolution "Climate change and migratory species"; and about the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement entitled "Climate change and migratory waterbirds."


Title: Saving Migratory Birds for Future Generations: The Success of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

Organizations: American Bird Conservancy

Date: June 2008

Language: English

Number of pages: 24

Summary: This report was prepared to help the general public, conservation organizations, and elected officials understand the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act's purpose, goals, and successes. It also outlines the importance for the United States Congress to continue funding this program at an increased level to improve the conservation of Neotropical migratory birds.


Title: Bird Species and Climate Change. The Global Status Report: A synthesis of current scientific understanding of anthropogenic climate change impacts of global bird species now, and projected future effects

Organization: Climate Risk

Date: 2007

Language: English

Number of pages: 75

Summary: In this report, Climate Risk provides an overview of the effects of climate change on bird ecology such as changing in egg laying dates, altered migrations, conflicts between behavior and the environment, and the vulnerability of long-distance migrants. It provides a discussion on how climate change shifts ranges and disrupts communities, affects population dynamics, and more. The report concludes with an overview of the links between climate change and bird extinction, providing case studies from Europe, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, and lists bird groups most at risk of extinction in a variety of different ecosystems.


Title: Whales in Hot Water? The Impact of a Changing Climate on Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises: A Call for Action

Organization: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)

Date: 2007

Language: English

Number of pages: 16

Eco-Index Summary: This report discusses possible direct and indirect impacts of global warming on cetacean species, and potential impacts on a variety of cetacean species, as well as communities in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The report concludes by recommending that we address threats to cetaceans by reducing emissions, and strengthening the resilience of species and ecosystems to climate change by protecting adequate and appropriate space, limiting all non-climate related stresses, and adaptive management.


Title: The Impact Generated on Sea Turtles by Fisheries in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean

Editors: Andrés Domingo; Leandro Bugoni; Laura Prosdocimi; Philip Miller; Martín Laporta; Danielle Monteiro; Andrés Estrades; Diego Albareda

Organization: World Wildlife Fund -- Latin America and the Caribbean Marine Program

Date: 2006

Language: English, Spanish

Number of pages: 70

Eco-Index Summary: This report aims to evaluate the impact of the fishing industry, especially by-catch, on sea turtles in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Because most sea turtle conservation efforts have historically focused on nesting beaches, there is little or no available data of the effects the fishing industry has on sea turtle populations; further, although there are various laws to protect sea turtles, none of them address fishing by-catch directly. This report compiles and analyzes available data; provides a description of the five turtle species present in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean; analyzes current conservation measures in place; evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of current efforts and policies related to sea turtle conservation; and recommends short, medium, and long-term priority actions to mitigate incidental sea turtle deaths as a result of fishery by-catch.


Title: Highlights from Migratory Species and Climate Change: Impacts of a Changing Environment on Wild Animals

Organization: United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

Date: 2006

Language: English

Number of pages: 64

Eco-Index Summary: This report aims to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on migratory species. Wildlife are already exhibiting signs of change in distribution and behavior as a result of changes in local or regional climate, weather patterns, and the resulting changes in vegetation and habitat conditions. Climate change is regarded as the main cause of loss of biodiversity in the future. The report featuring case studies that assess impacts of climate change on migratory species, and identifies possible solutions and mitigation measures. It includes a number of papers on the link between biodiversity and climate change; assessments of important habitats for migratory species; the effect of climate change on marine mammal predators; impacts of climate change on sea turtles; information on the CMS Resolution 8.13 on climate change and migratory species; and the AEWA Resolution 3.17 on climate change and migratory waterbirds.


Title: Conservando las Aves Migratorias Neotropicales en Los Andes Tropicales

Organization: BirdLife International, Americas Secretariat

Date: 2006

Language: Spanish

Number of pages: 69

Eco-Index summary: This report presents a conservation strategy for migratory birds in the Tropical Andes region (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) based on Important Bird Areas (IBAs). This region is home to more than 159 Neotropical migratory birds, where nearly 50 percent of their habitat has been disturbed or destroyed. This situation has called for the establishment of a regional conservation strategy based on IBAs. The report presents a selection of geographic areas and IBAs for migratory terrestrial and aquatic birds, maps, and scientific data on bird species.


Title: Conserving Cetaceans:  The Convention on Migratory Species and its Relevant Agreements for Cetacean Conservation

Organization: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)

Date: 2006

Language: English, Spanish

Number of pages; 24

Eco-Index summary: This report presents information on the migration and habitats of cetaceans (whales), international conservation agreements for their protection, and their current status in marine areas around the world. The report also features a list of the NGOs worldwide that work to conserve and protect cetaceans; and profiles of main species, including information on their conservation status, biology, migration, and threats.


Title: Caribbean Hawksbills:  An introduction to their biology and conservation status

Author: Didiher Chacón Chaverri

Organization: WWF

Language: English, Spanish

Date: 2004

Number of pages: 65

Eco-Index summary: This report features specific aspects on the biology of the Caribbean hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), such as current information on nesting and its population status in the Caribbean. The report is based on broad scientific data and is addressed to readers with a specific interest in this species and marine turtles in general. Some issues covered are: natural history, migration patterns, conservation status, threats, and priority habitat sites. The Caribbean hawksbill's attractive shell, and demand for its meat and eggs are the key threats to the species survival.


Title: North American Landbird Conservation Plan

Organization: Partners in Flight

Language: English

Date: January 2004

Number of pages: 110

Eco-Index summary: The Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan lists priorities and objectives to guide bird conservation at national and international scales. The scope for the plan is the 448 species of native birds that regularly breed in the United States and Canada. The plan highlights the need for stewardship of these species and their habitat, and identifies 158 bird species that are particularly representative of large avifaunal biomes and whose needs should be considered in conservation planning.


Title: Birds of Conservation Concern 2002

Organization: United States Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Migratory Bird Management

Language: English

Date: December 2002

Number of pages: 105

Eco-Index summary: This report helps to fulfill the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's mandate to "identify species, subspecies, and populations of all migratory, non-game birds that, without additional conservation actions, are likely to become candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act of 1973." It aims to accurately identify all migratory and non-migratory bird species that represent our highest conservation priorities and draw attention to species in need of conservation action. The geographic scope of the report is the United States including island "territories" in the Pacific and Caribbean.