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Sci Adv. 2017 Aug 23;3(8):e1700707. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1700707. eCollection 2017 Aug.

Dynamic conservation for migratory species.

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The Nature Conservancy, 201 Mission Street, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA.
Point Blue Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Drive #11, Petaluma, CA 94954, USA.
University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia.


In an era of unprecedented and rapid global change, dynamic conservation strategies that tailor the delivery of habitat to when and where it is most needed can be critical for the persistence of species, especially those with diverse and dispersed habitat requirements. We demonstrate the effectiveness of such a strategy for migratory waterbirds. We analyzed citizen science and satellite data to develop predictive models of bird populations and the availability of wetlands, which we used to determine temporal and spatial gaps in habitat during a vital stage of the annual migration. We then filled those gaps using a reverse auction marketplace to incent qualifying landowners to create temporary wetlands on their properties. This approach is a cost-effective way of adaptively meeting habitat needs for migratory species, optimizes conservation outcomes relative to investment, and can be applied broadly to other conservation challenges.

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