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Monitoring programs to assess reintroduction efforts: a critical component in recovery
Animal Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Erin Muths, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Victoria J. Dreitz, University of Montana - Missoula
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Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Barcelong (Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona)
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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 baxteri) 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 Ciencies Naturals
Citation Information
Erin Muths and Victoria J. Dreitz. "Monitoring programs to assess reintroduction efforts: a critical component in recovery" Animal Biodiversity and Conservation Vol. 31 Iss. 1 (2008) p. 47 - 56
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