The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species / Edition 1

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Once a common resident of the northeastern United States, the Allegheny woodrat (Neotoma magister) has now disappeared from areas where it was once abundant. The mystery of its decline has confounded biologists for three decades, but offers warnings for the future of other small, inconspicuous native mammals. Mammalogists John Peles and Janet Wright have synthesized current knowledge of the species in book form. The Allegheny Woodrat: Ecology, Conservation, and Management of a Declining Species provides the reader with a coherent, integrated picture illustrating the current status and distribution of the woodrat as well as the factors that have contributed to its decline. It provides background of the mammal's ecology and genetics and insight into its future through conservation initiatives and management programs. Through hard lessons learned and relayed in the book, the editors and contributors hope to provide both good models for, and some caveats to, general principles that may be applied to the study of other declining species. It is a real and instructive study for ecology, management and conservation. Written for: Ecologists, conservation biologists, wildlife managers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387360508
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I History and Current Status

1 History and Current Status of the Allegheny Woodrat Janet Wright Wright, Janet 3

2 Multiple Causes of the Allegheny Woodrat Decline: A Historical-Ecological Examination Kathleen LoGiudice LoGiudice, Kathleen 23

Sect. II Ecology

3 Woodrat Population Dynamics and Movement Patterns Petra Bohall Wood Wood, Petra Bohall 45

4 Home Range, Movements, and Habitat Selection Steven B. Castleberry Castleberry, Steven B. 63

5 Den Use Behavior of Allegheny Woodrats Inhabiting Rock Outcrops in Pennsylvania John D. Peles Peles, John D. Janet Wright Wright, Janet 75

6 Food Selection and Caching Behavior Nikole L. Castleberry Castleberry, Nikole L. Steven B. Castleberry Castleberry, Steven B. 93

Sect. III Conservation and Management

7 Lessons from Long-Term Monitoring of Woodrat Populations Michael T. Mengak Mengak, Michael T. Calvin M. Butchkoski Butchkoski, Calvin M. Daniel J. Feller Feller, Daniel J. Scott A. Johnson Johnson, Scott A. 109

8 Managing Surface Rock Communities for Neotoma magister Jerry D. Hassinger Hassinger, Jerry D. Calvin M. Butchkoski Butchkoski, Calvin M. Duane R. Diefenbach Diefenbach, Duane R. 133

9 Genetic Diversity of Woodrats: Implications for Conservation Timothy J. Smyser Smyser, Timothy J. Olin E. Rhodes, Jr. Rhodes, Olin E., Jr. 153

10 Reintroduction of Woodrats: Concepts and Applications Thomas L. Serfass Serfass, Thomas L. 169

11 Status and Conservation of Other At-Risk Species of North American Woodrats George A. Feldhamer Feldhamer, George A. Aaron K. Poole Poole, Aaron K. 193

Sect. IV Synthesis

12 Synthesis: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for the Future John D. Peles Peles, John D.Janet Wright Wright, Janet 209

Index 225

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