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Conserving Migratory Pollinators and Nectar Corridors in Western North America

Gary Paul Nabhan (editor)

ISBN: 9780816542420

Publication Date: Sep 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

A unique work of comparative zoogeography and conservation biology, this is the first book to bring together studies of important migratory pollinators and of what we must do to conserve them. It considers the similarities and differences among the behaviour and habitat requirements of species of migratory pollinators and seed dispersers.
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When migrating birds and other creatures move along a path of plant communities in bloom, they follow what has come to be known as a nectar trail. Should any of these plants be eliminated from the sequence–whether through habitat destruction, pests, or even aberrant weather–the movement of these pollinators may be interrupted and their very survival threatened. In recent efforts by ecologists and activists to envision a continental-scale network of protected areas connected by wildlife corridors, the peculiar roles of migratory pollinators which travel the entire length of this network cannot be underestimated in shaping the ultimate conservation design.

This book, a unique work of comparative zoogeography and conservation biology, is the first to bring together studies of these important migratory pollinators and of what we must do to conserve them. It considers the similarities and differences among the behavior and habitat requirements of several species of migratory pollinators and seed dispersers in the West–primarily rufous hummingbirds, white-winged doves, lesser long-nosed bats, and monarch butterflies. It examines the population dynamics of these four species in flyways that extend from the Pacific Ocean to the continental backbone of the Sierra Madre Oriental and Rocky Mountains, and it investigates their foraging and roosting behaviors as they journey from the Tropic of Cancer in western Mexico into the deserts, grasslands, and thornscrub of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The four pollinators whose journeys are traced here differ dramatically from one another in foraging strategies and stopover fidelities, but all challenge many of the truisms that have emerged regarding the status of migratory species in general. The rufous hummingbird makes the longest known avian migration in relation to body size and is a key to identifying nectar corridors running through northwestern Mexico to the United States. And there is new evidence to challenge the long-supposed separation of eastern and western monarch butterfly populations by the Rocky Mountains as these insects migrate.

Conserving Migratory Pollinators and Nectar Corridors in Western North America demonstrates new efforts to understand migratory species and to determine whether their densities, survival rates, and health are changing in response to changes in the distribution and abundance of nectar plants found within their ranges. Representing collaborative efforts that bridge field ecology and conservation biology in both theory and practice, it is dedicated to safeguarding dynamic interactions among plants and pollinators that are only now being identified.

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Reflecting a major shift in conservation away from saving individual species or habitats, this book is about continent-spanning relationships and how we might protect them. . . . This is both an important book for conservation in the region and as an example of the regional landscape scale approach to conservation that is needed in the 21st century." –Wildlife Activist
Imprint University of Arizona Press
Pages 206
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 18
Date Published 30 Sep 2020
Publisher The University of Arizona Press
Series Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Studies in Natural History
Subject/s Zoology & animal sciences   Applied ecology   Environmental science, engineering & technology   Life sciences: general issues   Conservation of the environment  
  • Introduction - Gary Paul Nabhan
  • 1: Stresses on pollinators during migration: Is nectar availability at stopovers the wink link in plant-pollinator conservation? - Gary Paul Nabhan
  • 2.Nectar corridors: Migration and the annual cycle of lesser long-nosed bats - Theodore Fleming
  • 3. Conservation through research and education: an example of collaborative integral actions for migratory bats –Rodrigo A. Medellin, J. Guillermo Tellez, and Joaquin Arroyo
  • 4. Rufous and broad-tailed hummingbirds: Pollination, migration and population biology - William A. Calder
  • 5. Hummingbird plants and potential nectar corridors for the rufous hummingbird in Sonora, Mexico - Thomas R. Van Devender, William A. Calder, Karen Krebbs, Ana Lilia Reina G., Stephen M. Ruseell, and Ruth Russell
  • 6. Saguaros and white-winged doves: The natural history of an uneasy partnership - Carlos Martinez del Rio, Blair O. Wolf, and Russell A. Haughey
  • 7. The interchange of migratory monarchs between Mexico and the Western United States - The importance of nectar corridors to the fall and spring migrations - Lincoln P. Brower and Robert M. Pyle
  • 8. Monarchs in Mexico
  • 9. Climate change is affecting altitudinal migrations and hibernating species - David W. Inouye, Billy Barr, Kenneth B. Armitage and Brian D. Inouye
A MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, Gary Paul Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.

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