Monday, January 11, 2010

Backyard Corridors

Freedom to Roam is an environmental program at to preserve and protect big wildways for large animals.

What is a backyard corridor? What does it mean to animals that live near you?

Some wildlife is probably roaming through your backyard, neighborhood, or town. Different animals require different roaming areas and migration corridors. One animal may require one square mile while another may need 1,000 square miles.

Patagonia selected eight corridor hotspots – each one connected with an iconic animal species - to represent a diverse array of species and habitats, across our entire country.  Hotspots Map

The 3 pressing problems for wildlife corridors are:

1. Global Warming and its effects on habitat (drought, flooding, glacier melt, warming temperatures).

2. Human development, including housing sprawl, energy and resource extraction, population growth, expanding urban areas, and highways and freeways.

3. Diverse and competitive land-use across large corridor areas, including the rights of private landowners, parks and their uses, national forests, the needs of recreationists.

What can we do to help? Create, restore and protect wildways or corridors linking animal habitats, parks and other protected areas and migration routes.

Corridor Ecology: The Science and Practice of Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation
Linkages In The Landscape: The Role Of Corridors And Connectivity In Wildlife Conservation

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