Combating Threats to the Eastern Massasauga with Directed Conservation Actions in Illinois

Christopher A. Phillips, Sarah J. Baker, Michael J. Dreslik

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Abstract

Conservation and recovery of declining species are costly endeavors often forcing difficult decisions with limited conservation funds available. Therefore, having a firm understanding of the specific threats a species or population faces can afford the development of more targeted actions. Conservation actions focusing on the most severe threats might have the largest benefit, but they must be achievable, realistic, and measurable. Small population dynamics necessitate the protection of individuals in addition to larger-scale actions to secure the whole population. Over our long-term study of the Eastern Massasauga at Carlyle Lake, we have identified numerous threats to population persistence. We have consistently applied directed conservation actions and reassessed their utility in an adaptive framework. Herein we provide a summary of how we are combating the threats to the Carlyle Lake population through planning and implementation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMidwest Fish and Wildlife Conference 2019
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • INHS

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    Phillips, C. A., Baker, S. J., & Dreslik, M. J. (2019). Combating Threats to the Eastern Massasauga with Directed Conservation Actions in Illinois. In Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference 2019