Conservation in the City

Butterflies

Butterflies

When the subject is species and habitat preservation, most thoughts turn to the countryside where vast tracts of open land can be home to many species. Often, urban habitats are overlooked but should not be, especially on the insect scale. Some insect species can thrive in small patches of habitat if appropriately managed.

Managed agricultural land can have large tracts of monoculture that may not provide all the resources insects need to survive. Urban spaces are managed at a much smaller scale and can contain a far greater diversity of habitats and resources than agricultural land. The urban landscape is typically managed by individuals each with their own preferences, often based on aesthetic values that give little thought to conservation. Can management of small spaces be coordinated on a much larger scale to add to the conservation value they already have? As the world urbanizes and the non-urban land is more intensely cultivated, scientist are viewing our urban landscapes as a laboratory for study and experiment in species conservation.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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