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Monitoring programs to assess reintroduction efforts: A critical component in recovery

Animal Biodiversity and Conservation

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Abstract

Reintroduction is a powerful tool in our conservation toolbox. However, the necessary follow-up, i.e. long-term monitoring, is not commonplace and if instituted may lack rigor. We contend that valid monitoring is possible, even with sparse data. We present a means to monitor based on demographic data and a projection model using the Wyoming toad (Bufo baxten) as an example. Using an iterative process, existing data is built upon gradually such that demographic estimates and subsequent inferences increase in reliability. Reintroduction and defensible monitoring may become increasingly relevant as the outlook for amphibians, especially in tropical regions, continues to deteriorate and emergency collection, captive breeding, and reintroduction become necessary. Rigorous use of appropriate modeling and an adaptive approach can validate the use of reintroduction and substantially increase its value to recovery programs. ?? 2008 Museu de Cie??ncies Naturals.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Monitoring programs to assess reintroduction efforts: A critical component in recovery
Series title:
Animal Biodiversity and Conservation
Volume
31
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2008
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Animal Biodiversity and Conservation
First page:
47
Last page:
56
Number of Pages:
10