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Ecosystem services from transborder migratory species: Implications for conservation governance

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López-Hoffman, L., Chester, C.C., Semmens, D.J., Thogmartin, W.E., Rodriguez McGoffin, M.S., Merideth, R., Diffendorfer, J.E. 2017a. Ecosystem services from transborder migratory species: Implications for conservation governance. Annu. Rev. Env. and Res. 42, 509–539.

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This article discusses the conservation challenges of volant migratory transborder species and conservation governance primarily in North America. Many migratory species provide ecosystem service benefits to society. For example, insectivorous bats prey on crop pests and reduce the need for pesticides; birds and insects pollinate food plants; and birds afford recreational opportunities to hunters and birdwatchers. Migration is driven by the seasonal availability of resources; as resources in one area become seasonally scarce, individuals move to locations where resources have become seasonally abundant. The separation of the annual lifecycle means that species management and governance is often fractured across international borders. [...]

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Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from a breeding roost in central Texas. Source-U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Image credit - Ann Froschauer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service..JPG
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Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) emerging from a breeding roost
Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) emerging from a breeding roost

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noteLópez-Hoffman, L., Chester, C.C., Semmens, D.J., Thogmartin, W.E., Rodriguez McGoffin, M.S., Merideth, R., Diffendorfer, J.E. 2017a. Ecosystem services from transborder migratory species: Implications for conservation governance. Annu. Rev. Env. and Res. 42, 509–539.

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