HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Species vs. Species

Because loggerhead shrikes on San Clemente Island are critically endangered, the foxes that prey on their nestlings should be controlled. Right? Wrong. The problem is that the foxes are also at-risk. A new analysis shows that instead of pitting the shrike against the fox, both species could have been protected with an ecosystem-wide conservation plan.

"This endangered species conflict might have been avoided through a more balanced ecosystem approach," say Gary Roemer of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and Robert Wayne of the University of California at Los Angeles in the October issue of Conservation Biology. Roemer is also the World Conservation Union (IUCN) island fox coordinator.

The San Clemente loggerhead shrike is one of the most endangered birds in the world, with about 50 in the wild in 2003. Until this year, the shrike's federal recovery program included controlling all its predators even the San Clemente island fox, which is listed as threatened in California. The fox has declined by about 60% in the last decade and was down to about 400 in the year 2000.

In 1999, foxes were killed to protect the shrike. After that, foxes in shrike nesting areas were inadvertently caught in traps set for feral cats or held in captivity during the breeding season. Either way, these foxes were not breeding and so were not bolstering the population. In 2000, more than a tenth of the foxes were held in captivity during the breeding season. In 2003, fox control efforts finally stopped.

Besides having hurt the foxes, the shrike recovery program does not do enough to help the birds. While the feral goats and pigs that degraded the island's habitat have been eradicated, there has been little habitat restoration. Consequently, there are not enough shrubs, which provide foraging perches for the shrikes, and too many non-native grasses, which are taller and denser than native grasses and so presumably make it harder for the shrikes to hunt
'"/>

Contact: Gary Roemer
groemer@nmsu.edu
505-646-3394
Society for Conservation Biology
23-Sep-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Snakehead in your inbox? Welcome to the nonindigenous Aquatic Species Alert System
2. Endangered Species Recovery Plans Face Comprehensive Scientific Review
3. New Species Of Human Ancestor
4. USGS Scientists To Speak On Rare Plants And Invasive Species At Santa Barbara Symposium
5. CU Research Team Unravels Mystery Of Larceny Among Tropical Ant Species
6. NSF-Funded Researcher Plucks Four Unknown Fish Species From Antarctic Waters
7. Alien Species Cost U.S. $123 Billion A Year
8. Exotic Species, Migratory Birds, Sea Level Rise, Wetlands, And Contaminants...USGS Scientists Discuss Innovative Chesapeake Bay Restoration Studies
9. Saving Endangered Species Becomes Part Of Ag Centers Animal Reproduction Projects
10. Study Of Origin Of Species Enters The Molecular Age
11. Mouse Study Trumpets New Way To Preserve Species

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/12/2016)... May 12, 2016 WearablesResearch.com , a ... the overview results from the Q1 wave of its ... wave was consumers, receptivity to a program where they ... a health insurance company. "We were surprised ... says Michael LaColla , CEO of Troubadour Research, ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 Infosys ... (NYSE: INFY ), and Samsung SDS, a global ... that will provide end customers with a more secure, fast ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ) , ... but it also plays a fundamental part in enabling and ...
(Date:4/26/2016)... DUBLIN , April 27, 2016 ... of the  "Global Multi-modal Biometrics Market 2016-2020"  report ... ) , The analysts forecast ... a CAGR of 15.49% during the period 2016-2020.  ... a number of sectors such as the healthcare, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... and LONDON , May 23, 2016 ... Could See Frontage Boost Efficiency by 40% - Frontage ... - Frontage Enforce Quality, Compliance and Traceability Within the Bioanalytical ... with labs in the United States and ... to be deployed across its laboratory facilities. In addition to ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) , ... May 23, ... ... tank and public interest organization focused on molecular nanotechnology, announced the winners for ... honor of pioneer physicist Richard Feynman, are given in two categories, one for ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... May 20, 2016 , ... The leading Regenerative Veterinary Medicine ... experienced veterinary clients have treated over 100 of their own patients with the VetStem ... the highest level of care for their patients. , The veterinarians are Dr ...
(Date:5/20/2016)... ... May 20, 2016 , ... Korean researchers say Manumycin A triggers apoptosis, ... new way to treat the disease. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on ... several Korean institutions based their mesothelioma study on the fact the Manumycin A, a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: