Explore BrainMass
Share

Conservation Efforts - Biodiversity

This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

1. Define "invasive species" using the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website: www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/index.shtml
2. Provide three examples of invasive species in your region.
3. Define "endemic species," and provide an example of an endemic species from anywhere in the world. If you can find an example of an endemic species in your region, please include it as well.

Read the article Political Responses: Where eagles dare. (2013, Sep 14). The Economist, 408(8853):9.
1. Name some ways that governments are trying to redress threats against endemic species. Briefly describe the examples presented in this article.
2. What is described as the biggest challenge for governments?
3. How are governments addressing this challenge?
4. Write conclusion statement that draws connections between the ideas presented.

Examine the costs and benefits of conservation using the Montgomery Botanical Centre. View the results of a study on the costs and benefits of preserving a collection of plants at the following site: http://www.bgci.org/resources/article/0634/.
1. What are the costs associated with maintaining this collection (generally speaking, not exact numbers)?
2. What are the benefits of preserving this collection and how are they measured? (Hint: They are described as "conservation success.")
3. What part of this collection gives diminishing returns and why?
4. How does collection size relate to efficiency of management of the collection?
5. When is it most valuable to preserve a plant species?

© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 22, 2019, 3:19 am ad1c9bdddf
https://brainmass.com/business/business-management/conservation-efforts-biodiversity-609469

Attachments

Solution Preview

1. Define "invasive species" using the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website: www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/index.shtml

According to the website,

Invasive species are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm.

2. Provide three examples of invasive species in your region.

Examples of invasive species in my region are St. Johnswort, feral hogs, and Northern Pacific treefrogs.

3. Define "endemic species," and provide an example of an endemic species from anywhere in the world. If you can find an example of an endemic species in your region, please include it as well.

An 'Endemic Species' is a species that is only found in a specific region and nowhere else in the world. I was not able to find an example of an endemic species in my region.

Read the article Political Responses: Where eagles dare. (2013, Sep 14). The Economist, 408(8853):9.

1. Name some ways that governments are trying to redress threats against endemic species. Briefly describe the examples presented in this article.

Some ways in which governments try to redress threats against endemic species are:
• eradication of invasive species
• enacting laws against the killing of endangered species
• enacting laws against the trading of endangered species
• regulations making pesticides safer to use
• protecting habitats

In this article, cats were threatening the lives of birds on Ascension Island. In 1815, there were approximately 20 million birds on the island. Ships had brought cats to the island around then. Almost two centuries later, the birds numbered only a few hundred thousand. The British government paid for the eradication program. ...

Solution Summary

The expert uses the United States Department of Agriculture website to define "invasive species". Three examples of invasive species in the region are examined. Some of the ways that governments are trying to redress threats against endemic species are given. The cost-benefits of conservation using the Montgomery Botanical Center is found.

$2.19