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Bird versus Bulldozer: A Quarter-Century Conservation Battle in a Biodiversity Hotspot

Bird versus Bulldozer: A Quarter-Century Conservation Battle in a Biodiversity Hotspot

by Audrey L. Mayer

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Overview

An examination of the struggle to conserve biodiversity in urban regions, told through the story of the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher

The story of the threatened coastal California gnatcatcher is a parable for understanding the larger ongoing struggle to conserve biodiversity in regions confronted with intensifying urban development. Because this gnatcatcher depends on vanishing coastal sage scrub in Southern California, it has been regarded as a flagship species for biodiversity protection since the early 1990s. But the uncertainty of the gnatcatcher’s taxonomic classification—and whether it can be counted as a “listable unit” under the Endangered Species Act—has provoked contentious debate among activists, scientists, urban developers, and policy makers.
 
Synthesizing insights from ecology, environmental history, public policy analysis, and urban planning as she tracks these debates over the course of the past twenty-five years, Audrey L. Mayer presents an ultimately optimistic take on the importance of much-neglected regional conservation planning strategies to create sustainable urban landscapes that benefit humans and wildlife alike.


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ISBN-13: 9780300247909
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/09/2021
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Audrey L. Mayer is a professor of ecology and environmental policy in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University. Her research focuses on the intersection of ecology and public policy.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

1 Setting the Scene 1

2 Essence of a California Gnatcatcher 20

3 Population Trends and Current Threats 41

4 California Gnatcatcher Taxonomy 67

5 The Gnatcatcher and the ESA 90

6 NCCP to the Rescue 119

7 Is the NCCP Policy a Success? 153

8 Concrete Jungles and Granite Gardens 173

Epilogue 195

Notes 199

Index 277

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