Conservation has a dual focus on places, like national parks, and species, like the individual and groups of animals which live in those areas. Conservation and policy outcomes are largely based on the interaction between these two things.
Restoration and other conservation actions have traditionally focused on maintaining or returning species to particular places. But in a world being rapidly changed by humans that increasingly forces species to move, is this still the best approach?
In a recent paper, Richard Hobbs, Leonie Valentine and others, discuss how increased attention to species movement in response to environmental change highlights the need to consider changes in species distributions and altered biological groupings.
The paper is published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution.
Image: Bubbs Canyon, National Park Service.