Targeting Potential Conservation Sites for Swallow-tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus) in Levy County, Florida
Using a species specific habitat model and county tax mapping data, nine ecological and socio-economic criteria were developed in GIS for inclusion in the prioritization scheme. A multi-criteria compromise analysis was performed to calculate a conservation score for each parcel, effectively ranking the parcels in terms of their value for kite conservation. The mean score of the parcels under consideration was 19.6, with 94 parcels scoring greater than 70. Parcels that have already been conserved scored significantly higher (mean = 44.8), which indicates that the conservation areas in Levy County are protecting habitat suitable for Swallow-tailed Kites.
The criteria ranking and weighting schemes used for this analysis can be easily modified to meet the needs and goals of different end-users. Cooperative management, land acquisitions, conservation easements, and landowner partnerships are a few examples of conservation actions that may benefit this imperiled species. This parcel prioritization scheme, designed specifically for Swallow-tailed Kites, provides an analytical approach for planning such conservation efforts.
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:parcel prioritization avian conservation multi criteria analysis planning
Date of Publication:04/24/2009