Extinction Prevention: Wildlife Corridors

by will.2626 on November 25, 2016 - 1:28pm

Extinction Prevention: Wildlife Corridors             

Wildlife corridors are now being used in western Canada in provinces like Alberta and the Yukon to divert wildlife from human interaction and human development. Adam Ford, from the Department of Integrative Biology from the University of Guelph is conducting long term research on how to enhance animal use in these corridors. This study is using years of data all the way back from the 1970s monitoring tracks and using GPS collaring studies to produce a report. It will detail some viable solutions to increase the use of wildlife corridors as a part of environmental sustainability. Wildlife corridors try to prevent biodiversity loss by increasing animal and plant dispersal, ultimately decreasing species extinction.

I absolutely agree that this is the right thing to do for species by diverting species away from dangerous interactions with industry and in general humans. The World Wildlife Fund has determined that the number of wild species has halved in the last 40 years. The decrease in wildlife habitat accounts for 44% of the decline in species. This includes the increase in human development but worst of all it is because of the fragmentation of the habitats by separating the species. This is when a roadway is built without any sort of natural pathway across resulting in animals being hit by cars and being separated from their migratory path. This is causing an extinction due to humans and with wildlife corridors we can prevent most of these unnecessary casualties. Using these corridors helps to migrate species from one fragmented habitat to the next safely with very limited human interaction. Ford’s study is helping to create guidelines on what makes for a good corridor. The corridor must be wide enough for numerous species to go through, have vegetative cover, must not be too steep to accommodate for all animals and finally be far enough away from human activity.

Though wildlife corridors were not Adam Ford’s idea it can be said that his long-term study of the effects and advantages of applying these methods for environmental sustainability are innovative. These guidelines can be used anywhere in the world and that is the best part because wildlife extinction is happening everywhere in the world not just Canada. The ever-growing population of the world is only increasing the need for such a method to help save wildlife from entering the endangered species lists. There is proof that wildlife corridors work to prevent such endangerments and Ford’s study is not the only one that is done to help get the word out that this works. I hope that these practices are used throughout the world so that our generation isn’t known for destroying all of the worlds amazing and diverse species.

 

"Study to Shed Light on Wildlife Corridors." Rocky Mountain Outlook. N.p., 2015. Web. 25 Nov. 2016.

World Wildlife Fund (2014). Living Planet Report 2014. Washington, DC.