ENVS-438,538 Lecture 9 - Insect Biodiversity Conservation...

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Insect Biodiversity Conservation In general insect conservation has typically been a hard sell. Many insects are probably endangered, but legal protection tends only to be given to “charismatic” species such as butterflies, dragonflies, and tiger beetles. Are these the only ones deserving of conservation? No, but some would argue there is a benefit to “flagship species”.
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What are the main threats to insects? Insect Biodiversity Conservation
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What are the main threats to insects? Insect Biodiversity Conservation
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Cicindelidia floridana was believed to be extinct. Last seen in early 1940s. Re-discovered in Miami area in 2007!
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The developer behind a controversial Walmart shopping center, facing angry neighbors and environmentalists for the first time in public, vowed to make the project a paragon for building on environmentally sensitive land. Peter Cummings, chairman of Palm Beach County-based Ram Realty Services, said that four preserves planned for about a third of the 137-acre development near Zoo Miami on endangered pine rockland may even help scientists understand the disappearing habitat. “We think we have an opportunity to create a standard for new knowledge for the balance of the Richmond pine rockland,” Cummings said late Thursday during an often heated meeting called by the Kendall Federation of Homeowners’ Associations. Setting aside the preserves was required by Miami-Dade County, which strictly limits building in the forest that hosts a menagerie of rare animals and plants found no place else, including five species added to the federal endangered species list in the last year. The Walmart is slated for a corner of 2,200 acres around the zoo called the Richmond pine rockland, which makes up the largest remaining fragment of the rare forest outside Everglades National Park. But environmentalists and residents argued that carving up the land will further damage the shrinking habitat and imperil wildlife, including endangered bats and butterflies that forage there. In addition to the Walmart, the Coral Reef Commons project includes an LA Fitness, a Chili’s, other restaurants and about 900 apartments. About 43 acres are split into four preserves on either side of the shopping center and apartment complex. The audience, split among homeowners and environmentalists, found fault with nearly every aspect of the project, from traffic to Walmart’s effect on local business.
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