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Restoring Wildlife is part of the series The Science and Practice of Ecological Restoration, from the Society for Ecological Restoration International and Island Press.

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Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review - James A. Cox
"Michael Morrison does well in presenting a highly thorough text. Restoring Wildlife is a fine addition to any library environmental collection."
Natural Areas Journal

"Restoring Wildlife would be a good book to keep on hand if you need a running glossary of terms concerning wildlife restoration . . . . Overall, I found the book to be a good listing of key topics in wildlife restoration, perhaps useful as a reference if you had to look up something while planning a restoration project or perhaps settling a friendly argument. I found the definitions and the glossary useful and the breadth of treatment, with a few exceptions, helpful...As a textbook or reference, NAA members might like to find this on their shelf."
Midwest Book Review

"Michael Morrison does well in presenting a highly thorough text. Restoring Wildlife is a fine addition to any library environmental collection."
Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Montana - Paul R. Krausman

"Restoring Wildlife is a synthesis of the growing field of restoration ecology that explains the process of wildlife restoration in an engaging format. Detailed yet straightforward and supplemented with real-world studies, this book will be an excellent reference for students and practitoners that will help them to think carefully about the restoration process. Morrison's text wonderfully complements the existing literature on maintaining and enhancing wildlife populations and the habitats they depend on."
past president, Society for Conservation Biology - Peter F. Brussard

"Michael Morrison has done a masterful job of integrating theory from ecology and conservation biology into the practice of wildlife restoration. He provides a strong case for a rigourous scientific approach, and the four well-developed case histories illustrate how this approach works. The book is written so that practitioners without advanced training in wildlife biology can understand it easily."
The Midwest Book Review
"Michael Morrison does well in presenting a highly thorough text. Restoring Wildlife is a fine addition to any library environmental collection."

— James A. Cox

Ecological Restoration

"Restoring Wildlife is an excellent source for planning, effecting, and monitoring wildlife restoration projects; wildlife managers involved in restoration would do well to include this book in their personal libraries."
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Product Details

Meet the Author

Michael L. Morrison is professor and Caesar Kleberg Chair in Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction: Restoring and Preserving Wildlife 1

Fundamentals of Habitat Restoration 3

Why a New Book? 4

2 Operating Concepts 6

Restoration Defined 6

Time Frames and Historic Conditions 7

Natural Versus Desired Conditions 11

Wildlife Defined 13

Approaches to Ecological Restoration 14

Synthesis 15

3 Populations 17

Population Concepts and Habitat Restoration 18

Population Dynamics and Viability 21

Distribution Patterns of Populations 24

Animal Movements and Habitat Management 25

Stochastic Environments and Habitat Management 28

Linking Populations and Restoration Ecology 30

Exotic Species 33

Roads to Recovery: Captive Breeding and Translocating Animals 34

Metapopulation Structure 49

Restoring a Population 50

Synthesis 56

4 Habitat 58

Issues of Scale 58

Avoiding Pitfalls 59

When Models Fail: Conspecific Attraction 60

Definitions 61

When to Measure 66

What to Measure 67

Spatial Scale 68

Measurements of the Animal 68

Measurements of the Environment 70

Focal Animal Approach 73

How to Measure 74

Synthesis 83

5 Assemblages 84

Assembly Rules 85

Terminology 87

Species Pool 88

Restoration Implications 94

Synthesis 94

6 Desired Conditions 96

Historical Assessments 98

Fossils and Subfossils 101

Literature 102

Uncertainty 103

Developing Desired Conditions 104

Focal Species 106

Implementation Steps 110

Synthesis 115

7 Design Concepts 117

Habitat Heterogeneity 117

Fragmentation 119

Disturbance Ecology: Dynamics of Habitats in Landscapes 123

Management Lessons 125

Corridors 127

Buffers 134

Effects of Isolation 135

The Landscape Matrix as a PlanningArea 137

Populations and Restoration: Management Implications 139

Synthesis 142

8 A Primer on Study Design 145

Scientific Methods 146

Terminology 147

Sources of Variation 149

Monitoring as Research 150

Principles of Study Design 150

Optimal and Suboptimal Study Designs 153

Experimental Design 153

Impact Assessment 163

Applications to Restoration 169

Power and Sample Size Analyses 173

Synthesis 178

9 Monitoring: Field Methods and Applications 181

Definitions 182

Inventory and Monitoring of Wildlife 183

Sampling Considerations 184

Adaptive Management 188

Sampling Principles 190

Types of Information 191

Wildlife Sampling 195

Amphibians and Reptiles 195

Birds 199

Mammals 203

Synthesis 211

10 Case Studies 215

Four Case Studies 217

Restoring a Rare Songbird in the Sierra Nevada Theresa L. Pope M. Constanza Cocimano Annaliese K. Scoggin Erin Albright 217

Restoration of Highly Degraded Watersheds in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California Julie Groce Anna Knipps Stephanie Powers Yara Sánchez Johnson 232

Restoration of Endangereed Species on Private Lands: The Golden-Cheeked Warbler and Black-Capped Vireo in Texas Krystal Windham Bryan Ray Andrew J. Campomizzin Shannon L. Farrell 257

Restoring Small and Isolated Populations: The San Joaquin Kangaroo Rat at Lemoore Naval Air Station Christopher Lituma Shannon Farrell Alejandro Calixto Justin Cannon 273

Closing Comments 286

11 Wildlife Restoration: Synthesis 287

Major Messages from Conceptual Development 288

Information Needs 289

Working with Wildlife Scientists and Managers 290

Synthesis 291

In Closing 300

Glossary 301

Literature Cited 313

Index 339

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