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A horizon scanning assessment of current and potential future threats to migratory shorebirds

Ibis

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2012.01261.x

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Abstract

We review the conservation issues facing migratory shorebird populations that breed in temperate regions and use wetlands in the non-breeding season. Shorebirds are excellent model organisms for understanding ecological, behavioural and evolutionary processes and are often used as indicators of wetland health. A global team of experienced shorebird researchers identified 45 issues facing these shorebird populations, and divided them into three categories (natural, current anthropogenic and future issues). The natural issues included megatsunamis, volcanoes and regional climate changes, while current anthropogenic threats encompassed agricultural intensification, conversion of tidal flats and coastal wetlands by human infrastructure developments and eutrophication of coastal systems. Possible future threats to shorebirds include microplastics, new means of recreation and infectious diseases. We suggest that this review process be broadened to other taxa to aid the identification and ranking of current and future conservation actions.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A horizon scanning assessment of current and potential future threats to migratory shorebirds
Series title:
Ibis
DOI:
10.1111/j.1474-919X.2012.01261.x
Volume
154
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wiley
Publisher location:
Hoboken, NJ
Contributing office(s):
Alaska Science Center Biology
Description:
17 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
663
Last page:
679