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Pop-Up Wetlands for Migratory Birds: Using Technology and Big Data to Enable Dynamic Wetland Management

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Mon, Jan 8, 2018 from 11:15am - 12:15pm CST


Dynamic conservation strategies that tailor the delivery of habitat when and where it is most needed can be critical for the persistence of species, especially those with diverse and dispersed habitat requirements. Fortunately, recent advances in big data analytics, remote sensing, citizen science, and market-based conservation interventions can be deployed to unlock more dynamic approaches to adaptively meet conservation needs that are transient in space and time. These short-term conservation investments complement existing investments in permanently protected areas and can play an important role in achieving landscape-scale conservation. We provide evidence from California’s Central Valley that a dynamic approach, when coupled with precise information about the species’ distribution and habitat, can be a cost-effective, scalable, and adaptable conservation strategy. The results of this study were recently published in Science Advances.



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