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Protected areas and global conservation of migratory birds

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Science  04 Dec 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6265, pp. 1255-1258
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac9180

Not enough protection for migrating birds

Animals that migrate pass through a varying number of regions. Each of these regions contributes to a different component of their life cycles. Runge et al. looked at the degree of protection migratory birds receive, globally, across their breeding and wintering ranges. A remarkably low percentage of migratory birds receive adequate protection across their entire ranges. Given that over half the world's migratory bird populations are declining, these results emphasize the urgency with which we must act to protect birds across their entire migratory cycle.

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