Navigation Links
Lincoln Park Zoo launches first-of-its-kind wildlife reintroduction database
Date:4/16/2008

On April 15, during the first International Wildlife Reintroduction Conference in Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo announced the launch of a scientific resource called the Avian Reintroduction & Translocation Database (ARTD). The first of its kind, this comprehensive, standardized directory will serve as a valuable tool for wildlife managers and reintroduction scientists.

The ARTD database centralizes information about 128 species of birds, 405 release sites worldwide and 1,207 wildlife release events. From Puerto Rican parrots, California condors, Guam rails and Bali Mynah to Hawaiian honeycreepers and European vultures, the database describes every aspect of the reintroduction effort for each species including the variables that impact the efficacy of releases, ranging from the species biology and ecology, habitat suitability, demography, and genetics to management.

Lincoln Park Zoo population biologist Joanne Earnhardt, Ph.D. spearheaded the effort after discovering the urgent need for such a resource when she and colleagues were working to save critically endangered birds from the island of Guam. The birds had been nearly exterminated by an invasive tree snake. Zoo-based breeding efforts have been successful and efforts for reintroduction are currently underway. Unfortunately, in the research and planning stage for reintroduction, finding details about past reintroductions of similar species was a daunting task.

Reintroduction programs can be expensive, complex and risky. Biologists research extensively before undertaking such an effort. Hundreds of avian reintroductions have taken place over the past two decades, but gathering information about these projects is difficult because the information is spread out over so many different sources and media, explained Earnhardt. The (ARTD) database pulls all this information together into one scientific resource, thereby promoting the sharing of information to help conservationists design future programs based on lessons learned from the past.

Many wildlife populations throughout the world are suffering dramatic declines in size or are already extirpated. It is estimated that one in eight bird species is facing extinction. Habitat loss and degradation and the consequences of climate change are likely to further reduce the survival of many species, disrupt their distributions and disturb ecological function. An established conservation strategy to enhance the restoration of locally extinct populations is the reintroduction of zoo-bred and wild animals.

Within the scientific community we are working on new innovative approaches and a new culture of reintroduction science to improve the probability of success, said Earnhardt. Centralizing reintroduction data is one approach to help us achieve this goal.

The ARTD database is not only available to the scientific community, but will also become a valuable educational resource for the general public. The ARTD database is available through Lincoln Park Zoos website at: www.lpzoo.org/ARTD


'/>"/>

Contact: Sharon Dewar
sdewar@lpzoo.org
312-742-2246
Lincoln Park Zoo
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. NASA launches airborne study of arctic atmosphere, air pollution
2. Open-access tropical conservation journal launches
3. U. of I. librarian launches comprehensive Web database of field guides
4. University of Chicago launches research program in catastrophic deformation
5. Springer launches Tropical Plant Biology
6. NXG Strategies Launches Nations First Website Dedicated to Red Flag Compliance
7. Elsevier launches new journal: Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering
8. NIH launches Human Microbiome Project
9. Forest Service launches Web-based forest threats viewing tool
10. EMD Serono launches easypod, new electronic growth hormone injection device
11. SLIM Search Launches Academic Pricing Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 NXT-ID, ... security technology company, announces the appointment of independent Directors Mr. ... to its Board of Directors, furthering the company,s corporate ... ... NXT-ID, we look forward to their guidance and benefiting from ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... 5, 2017  The Allen Institute for Cell Science ... a one-of-a-kind portal and dynamic digital window into the ... the first application of deep learning to create predictive ... lines and a growing suite of powerful tools. The ... and future publicly available resources created and shared by ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... , April 4, 2017 KEY FINDINGS ... to expand at a CAGR of 25.76% during the ... is the primary factor for the growth of the ... https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/4807905/ MARKET INSIGHTS The global stem ... technology, application, and geography. The stem cell market of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... April 18, 2017 , ... A ... technological advances. This webinar, which is part of the Protein and Cell Analysis ... Cytometer and outline where this technology fits in current and future applications. , ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... ... ... Nobilis Therapeutics Announces Completion of Landmark NBTX-001 Clinical Trial in 81 ... Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Trial , Nobilis Therapeutics, Inc. announced today the ... NBTX-001, a xenon-based therapeutic in the treatment of Panic Disorder. , Panic ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... ... April 19, 2017 , ... As part ... webinars accessible to novices as well as experienced users, attendees will gain a ... coagulation screening tests. , Hemostasis testing quality is determined by preanalytical variables ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... and WESTMINSTER, Colo. , ... ("Oxford"), an industry-leading specialty finance firm that provides ... companies, today announced the closing of a $20 ... ("Cerapedics") a privately-held orthobiologics company engaged in the ... for the treatment of orthopedic injuries. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: