Ecosystem service flows from a migratory species: Spatial subsidies of the northern pintail

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Abstract

Migratory species provide important benefits to society, but their cross-border conservation poses serious challenges. By quantifying the economic value of ecosystem services (ESs) provided across a species’ range and ecological data on a species’ habitat dependence, we estimate spatial subsidies—how different regions support ESs provided by a species across its range. We illustrate this method for migratory northern pintail ducks in North America. Pintails support over \$101 million USD annually in recreational hunting and viewing and subsistence hunting in the U.S. and Canada. Pintail breeding regions provide nearly \$30 million in subsidies to wintering regions, with the “Prairie Pothole” region supplying over \$24 million in annual benefits to other regions. This information can be used to inform conservation funding allocation among migratory regions and nations on which the pintail depends. We thus illustrate a transferrable method to quantify migratory species-derived ESs and provide information to aid in their transboundary conservation.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Ecosystem service flows from a migratory species: Spatial subsidies of the northern pintail
Series title Ambio
DOI 10.1007/s13280-018-1049-4
Volume 48
Issue 1
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis
Description 13 p.
First page 61
Last page 73
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