Urban Wildlife [electronic resource] : Theory and Practice / edited by Robert A. McCleery, Christopher E. Moorman, M. Nils Peterson
- 1. Introduction -- 2. History of Urban Wildlife Science -- 3. Urban Wildlife Science in Coupled Human-Natural Systems -- 4. Abiotic Drivers of Ecological Structure and Function in Urban Systems -- 5. Drivers of Vegetation Species Diversity and Composition in Urban Ecosystems -- 6. The Urban Ecosystem: Social Drivers -- 7. Wildlife Responses to Urbanization: Patterns of Diversity and Community Structure in Built Environments -- 8. Wildlife Population Dynamics in Urban Landscapes -- 9. Urban Wildlife Behavior -- 10. Infectious Disease and Contaminants in Urban Wildlife: Unseen and Often Overlooked Threats -- 11. Urban Wildlife Communication and Negotiation -- 12. Integrating Wildlife Conservation into Urban Planning -- 13. Conservation Development: Designing and Managing Residential Landscapes for Wildlife -- 14. Managing Urban Wildlife Habitat at the Local Scale -- 15. Wildlife Friendly Roads: The Impacts of Roads on Wildlife in Urban Areas and Potential Remedies -- 16. Managing Aquatic Environments for Wildlife in Urban Areas -- 17. Wildlife Damage Management in the Urban Landscape.
- In the past, wildlife living in urban areas was ignored by wildlife professionals and urban planners because cities were perceived as places for people and not for wild animals. Paradoxically, though, many species of wildlife thrive in these built environments. Interactions between humans and wildlife are more frequent in urban areas than any other place on earth, and these interactions impact human health, safety, and welfare in both positive and negative ways. Although urban wild animals control pest species, pollinate plants, and are fun to watch, they also damage property, spread disease, and even attack people and pets. In urban areas, the combination of dense human populations, buildings, impermeable surfaces, introduced vegetation, and high concentrations of food, water, and pollution alter wildlife populations and communities in ways unseen in more natural environments. For these ecological and practical reasons, researchers and managers have shown a growing interest in urban wildlife ecology and management. This growing interest in urban wildlife has inspired many studies on the subject that have yet to be synthesized in a cohesive narrative. Urban Wildlife: Theory and Practice fills this void by synthesizing the latest ecological and social knowledge in the subject area into an interdisciplinary and practical text. This volume provides a foundation for the future growth and understanding of urban wildlife ecology and management by: • Clearly defining the concepts used to study and describe urban wildlife • Offering a cohesive understanding of the coupled natural and social drivers that shape urban wildlife ecology • Presenting the patterns and processes of wildlife response to an urbanizing world and explaining the mechanisms behind them, and • Proposing means to create physical and social environments that are mutually beneficial for both humans and wildlife.
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