Conservation Effectiveness

Evaluation of tools for species conservation and recovery is critical for adaptive management, and we work to fill critical knowledge gaps and inform policy and practice whenever possible. Examples include collaborative studies evaluating the public’s commitment to wildlife conservation (29), providing a framework for experimental design in evaluations of conservation effectiveness (35), considering how movement ecology can contribute most effectively to wildlife conservation (42), evaluating the effectiveness of head-starting in turtles (46), and evaluating how accurately COSEWIC assesses the scope of pollution threats to species at risk (50). We also recently developed a model-based study to evaluate the scenarios under which wildlife rehabilitation could be an effective tool for recovering endangered populations, in collaboration with the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (61).