Report: Animal migration patterns are important to survival of species

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 4:53pm
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New studies have allowed researchers to learn more about wildlife migration in recent years.

That information is more important than ever.

Researchers have long known that migration is critical for wildlife, but GPS technology has led to big leaps in their understanding.

That research has also allowed scientists to offer solutions such as wildlife crossings and conservation easements.

Matt Skroch of Pew Charitable Trusts, which recently released a report on Western migration patterns, said that the information will also be important in the face of climate change.

"And what we’re learning is that habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation, is a really big deal for wildlife," Scroch said.

Last year, seven Western states passed legislation to help maintain wildlife movement.

Arizona was not one of them, but the state has built highway infrastructure in the past that helps animals avoid traffic.

To read the report in its entirety, visit pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2022/10/how-to-conserve-wildlife-migrations-in-the-american-west.

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