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Number 3
Winter 2009-2010
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Conserving the wild life therein--Protecting park fauna from anthropogenic noise
By Jesse R. Barber, Kurt M. Fristrup, Casey L. Brown, Amanda R. Hardy, Lisa M. Angeloni, and Kevin R. Crooks
Published: 14 Nov 2014 (online)  •  25 Nov 2014 (in print)
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Abstract
  Introduction
Concern for wildlife
The problem with noise
Managing soundscapes for people and wildlife
Literature cited
About the authors
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Introduction

HABITAT DESTRUCTION AND FRAGMENTATION are the greatest threats to wildlife and the major causes of species extinction (Wilcove et al. 1998; Crooks and Sanjayan 2006). National parks are largely protected from the wholesale conversion of land to human uses, but parks are not entirely protected from habitat degradation. Climate change, altered atmospheric and hydrologic conditions, and disrupted migration and dispersal pathways are examples of issues that transcend park boundaries. To these we can add another pervasive factor that has not received the same level of attention. Noise knows no boundaries, and national park units are experiencing substantial degradation of their acoustic environments from largely uncontrolled external activities as well as internal visitor use and park management.

Noise knows no boundaries, and national park units are experiencing substantial degradation of their acoustic environments from largely uncontrolled external activities as well as internal visitor use and park management.

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