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2006 Conserving Birds in Human-Dominated Landscapes: Weaving a Common Future

The subject of conserving rare birds in the wild has long been the focus of research, debate, and action among scientists and resource management. Recognition of diverse avian responses to broad-scale human activities has been growing in urban centers, agricultural areas, coastal communities, working forests – the wide array of landscapes we call home. Within these human-dominated systems, shifts are occurring in bird abundance, distribution, behavior, life histories, and, ultimately, evolutionary potential.  Conservation decision-making in these landscapes will necessarily involve ecological and evolutionary considerations as well as an open discussion of ethical and aesthetic implications.

Conserving Birds in Human-Dominated Landscapesconvened researchers, conservation practitioners, educators, students, land-use planners, urban planners, developers, bird enthusiasts, and the agricultural community to discuss unique challenges to, and key opportunities for, invigorating bird diversity in the areas most heavily impacted by human activities. It is our hope that by capitalizing on potential synergy between human activity and bird diversity in areas that have, in many ways, been irrevocably altered, we stand to improve our stewardship of the diversity of birds across the full spectrum of global landscapes, from inner city green spaces to the center of the Amazon Basin. This symposium provided a unique perspective on examining new approaches for managing bird diversity in human-dominated areas, and explored possibilities for improving conservation in the face of an increasingly developed and industrialized world.

This symposium was sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation in collaboration with the Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series. Additional support was provided by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

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