New JWM issue celebrates waterfowl conservation

The February issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management (Vol. 82.2) features a special section on waterfowl conservation.

Guest editor Christopher Williams, Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Waterfowl and Upland Gamebird Program at University of Delaware writes, “The waterfowl community was faced with inextricable worry about the future of ducks and geese a century ago. And yet with the Migratory Bird Treaty’s charge, it forced a monumental shift in scientific understanding, methodological implementation, and policy regulation. Because of this, it was not surprising that in the 2014 State of the Birds Report (North American Bird Conservation Initiative 2014), wetland-related birds were the only group that were showing an average positive population trend. But of course, the world continues to face growing challenges with human population growth and its effects on resource use, habitat loss, and climate change. Most wildlife species will continue to see increasing pressure and the job of wildlife ecologists will only become harder.”

Four papers in this section, describe the status of waterfowl conservation today and how the links between water research and managements have become stronger in recent decades.

The featured article is on gaining a deeper understanding of capture-induced abandonment of moose neonates.

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