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Room to Roam

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Room to Roam

Dr. Bruce Stein, Moderator

Chief Scientist

Dr. Andrew Jakes

Regional Wildlife Biologist

Beth Pratt

California Regional Executive Director

Dr. Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón

Senior Manager of Climate-Resilient Habitats
Chief Monarch Strategist

In order to survive and thrive, wildlife need access to food, water, shelter, and mates. But to meet these needs, wild animals must have the ability to move freely across the landscape — in other words, room to roam! Yet human-made structures like highways, buildings, fences, and dams have fragmented once intact landscapes. In fact, the loss and fragmentation of wildlife habitat is the leading cause of species declines.

Experts at the Federation are working to protect habitat corridors as well as restore and reconnect fragmented and degraded habitats. This vital work will enable wildlife to not only survive but thrive, now and into a future increasingly affected by climatic shifts. This discussion highlights the importance of habitat corridors and connectivity and some of the ways the Federation is working to reconnect critical landscapes for wildlife across the country.

Recorded June 23, 2021.

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