Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Post-release monitoring of bird translocations: why is it important and how do we do it?

TitlePost-release monitoring of bird translocations: why is it important and how do we do it?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsParker, KA, Ewen, JG, Seddon, PJ, Armstrong, DP
Type of ArticleFull article
Keywordsbirds, post-release monitoring, reintroductions, restoration, translocations

Translocation is an important tool for the conservation management of birds in New Zealand. Early translocations marooned endangered species in predator-free environments, typically remote islands. However, modern integrated pest control, coupled with a proliferation of community-based restoration projects, has led to increased opportunities for translocations, particularly to mainland sites. Effective post-release monitoring of bird translocations is vital for improving overall translocation success. Here, we discuss why post-release monitoring is important and how it can be achieved, and suggest methods for documenting and monitoring translocation projects for birds. Key suggestions include: specifying the characteristics of each translocation, including how many birds are released, demographic composition and transfer processes; conducting post-release monitoring using discreet surveys and consistent sensible methodologies; individually marking birds; distinguishing immediate post-release effects from long-term site-related effects; and documenting the results in an accessible format such as a web-based database or published paper. We advocate a strategic approach whereby the intensity of post-release monitoring is directly related to the need and subsequent use of the data collected.

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