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Data release for ecosystem service flows from a migratory species: spatial subsidies of the northern pintail

April 13, 2018

Migratory species provide important benefits to society, but their cross-border conservation poses serious challenges. By quantifying the economic value of ecosystem services (ES) provided across a species range and ecological data on a species habitat dependence, we estimate spatial subsidieshow different regions support ES provided by a species across its range. We illustrate this method for migratory Northern Pintail ducks in North America. Pintails support over $101 million annually in recreational hunting and viewing and subsistence hunting in the U.S. and Canada. Pintail breeding regions provide nearly $30 million in subsidies to wintering regions, with the Prairie Pothole region supplying over $24 million in annual benefits to other regions. This information can be used to inform conservation funding allocation among migratory regions and nations on which the pintail depends. We thus illustrate a transferrable method to quantify migratory species-derived ES and provide information to aid in their transboundary conservation.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Data release for ecosystem service flows from a migratory species: spatial subsidies of the northern pintail
DOI 10.5066/F7Q23ZFC
Authors Kenneth J. Bagstad, Darius J. Semmens, James A. Diffendorfer, Brady J. Mattsson, James Dubovsky, Wayne E. Thogmartin, Ruscena Wiederholt, John Loomis, Joshua Goldstein, Joanna A. Bieri, Christine Sample, Laura Lopez-Hoffman
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center