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As sea levels rise, dabbing ducks migrating and overwintering in the Atlantic Flyway are likely to decrease due to fewer wetland plants. As a result, coastal impoundments will become more and more important for the ducks, providing resources they need for energy. In the featured article of the May issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management, the authors study the value of these impoundments to the species.
The issue also features a special section on gopher tortoises, a species currently being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The section includes studies estimating different populations’ risk of extinction in the Conecuh National Forest in Alabama and the survival rates of immature hatchlings in St. Catherine’s Island in Georgia. Other studies look at survival rates of waif tortoises translocated to the Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve in South Carolina and an analysis of 27 years of mark-recapture data in Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Other articles in the issue look at the effects of harvest on alligator populations in Louisiana, using bobcat hair to determine cortisol levels associated with land use and climate, and estimating density and abundance of harbor seals.
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