A dead letter? Urban conservation, management, and planning strategies from the Mexican urban bird literature

Abstract

Urbanization has been identified as one of the major causes of species endangerment. Albeit important efforts by urban ecologists, there are still understudied regions in the globe with an important bias toward bird studies. Fortunately, studies from biodiversity-rich regions are increasingly growing; yet, with few exceptions, most evidence-based suggested urban conservation, management, and planning strategies have remained in the publications. The aim of this study was to draw them from a ‘dead letter’ by compiling all available publications carried out in Mexican grounds that explicitly suggested strategies and/or actions that could influence bird conservation through urban management and/or planning. We identified three main topics of recommendations: (1) greenspace management and planning, (2) study and control of exotic, invasive, and/or nuisance species, and (3) public policies and conservation strategies and plans. It is clear that the recommendations from the reviewed Mexican urban bird literature provide a compelling guide to start bridging the gap between evidence-based knowledge and the materialization of their suggestions on the path toward creating biodiverse and livable cities. We believe that the transference of urban ecology knowledge relies on the willingness of all implied stakeholders, including scientists, urban citizens, and decision makers.

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We greatly thank Juan F. Escobar-Ibáñez for his helpful comments on an earlier version of the manuscript. MAG-M acknowledges the scholarship and financial support provided by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT 703624), and the Ph.D. Program of the Instituto de Biotecnología y Ecología Aplicada (INBIOTECA) of the Universidad Veracruzana. MG-A acknowledges the scholarship and financial support provided by the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT 700755), and the Ph.D. Program of the Instituto de Ecología, A.C. (INECOL).

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MacGregor-Fors, I., Gómez-Martínez, M.A., García-Arroyo, M. et al. A dead letter? Urban conservation, management, and planning strategies from the Mexican urban bird literature. Urban Ecosyst 23, 1107–1115 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11252-020-00970-y

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  • Biodiversity
  • Evidence-based policy
  • Latin America
  • Literature review
  • Mexico
  • Neotropics
  • Urban ecology