Special importance for life history of species
Areas that are required for a population to survive and thrive.
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- Areas of special importance for the Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis) in the Tasman Sea — by Ben Lascelles, Lincoln Fishpool — last modified Sep 08, 2009 02:48 PM
- Satellite tracking data have been used to identify sites that may qualify as Important Bird Areas (IBA) for the Antipodean Albatross during different life-history stages. As the IBA and EBSA criteria overlap in key ways, we describe an area of importance in the Tasman Sea and the methods used to identify this site. We suggest this approach could also be used to inform the identification of seabird EBSAs.
- Tracking Juvenile Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) — by Ei Fujioka, Catherine McClellan — last modified Sep 08, 2009 02:50 PM
- Juvenile loggerhead sea turtles from the east coast of the United States are shown to often take long migratory journeys through open-ocean waters. Using telemetry data from tagged loggerhead sea turtles, we identified an area of special importance based on a kernel home range of the turtles from the Gulf Stream to the Azores.
- Pacific White Sharks — by Andre Boustany — last modified Sep 09, 2009 01:23 PM
- Adult white sharks tracked from several sites along the North American coast travel to a region in the northeastern Pacific, equidistant between Baja California and Hawaii, where they remain for up to six months. It remains unclear whether these represent breeding or feeding migrations
- Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) — by Autumn-Lynn Harrison — last modified Sep 08, 2009 04:35 PM
- Female northern elephant seals undertake a long foraging migration in the North Pacific each year, building a reserve for subsequent months spent fasting on land while giving birth, nourishing a pup, and breeding. Using data from the Tagging of Pacific Predators project (www.topp.org), we identify an area of high female northern elephant seal density during their annual 6-8 month foraging migration, indicating it is an area of special importance for life history stages of this species.