Publications

Defenders of Wildlife produces many reports, fact sheets, tip sheets and other types of publications.

Use the dropdown boxes below to find publications related to specific animals, conservation issues, and regions.

Scarlet macaw, © Maria Elena Sanchez
The region of Los Tuxtlas is unique to Mexico since it is formed by a series of extinct volcanoes whose slopes are covered by cloud forest, medium evergreen rainforest and dry tropical rainforest which are inhabited by more than 485 species of birds. This quick guide presents the illustrations of 150 species of birds common to Los Tuxtlas.
Los Cabos is located at the tip of the Peninsula of Baja California, surrounded by desert and thorn brush ecosystems, with some estuaries along the coastline. There are more than 400 species of birds in the state with 6 endemics to Mexico. This quick guide presents illustrations of 102 species of birds found commonly around the Los Cabos region.
© Joan Tanner
The Huatulco National Park has the finest preserved tropical dry rainforest in Mexico, an spectacular ecosystem that changes dramatically between the rainy and dry seasons which harbors many endemic species like the Citreoline Trogon, Orange-breasted Bunting or the Goldencheeked Woodpecker.This quick guide presents the illustrations of 115 species of birds common to the Huatulco National Park, including 13 species of endemic birds.
Magdalena Bay is a natural reserve for birds with its many islands, estuaries and channels. The bay is protected from the Pacific ocean waves by the islands of Magdalena and Santa Margarita. This quick guide presents illustrations of more than 100 species of birds found commonly around Magdalena Bay.
Guerrero Negro in Baja California Sur is known for its marine lagoons that are the foremost calving site of the grey whale. Yet an impressive array of more than 200 bird species inhabits the area which is the most important wintering site for migrants like the red knot, marbled godwit, short-billed dowitcher, brant goose as well as many others and one of the most important breeding sites for the osprey. This quick guide presents illustrations of more than 100 species of birds found commonly around Guerrero Negro.
Mexico harbors 45% of all cetacean species (whales, beaked whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the world, and the state of Baja California Sur registers 33% of the total species found in the country. This quick guide presents the illustrations of 27 species of cetaceans found in Baja California Sur.
Canada Lynx, © Jean Pierre Grosemans
The guide, the second in our series on wildlife conservation under the Forest Service’s 2012 Planning Rule, is designed to help people develop effective connectivity conservation strategies in forest plans. The Planning for Connectivity guide is intended to be used in tandem with the more comprehensive Planning for Diversity guide.
Located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is internationally recognized as an important wetland, protected as a wildlife refuge and designated as a wilderness area. It’s one of Alaska’s most ecologically diverse wildlife refuges, with lagoons, tundra and stunning mountain peaks.
forest, © Lindsay Kaun
Planning for Diversity is a guide to national forest planning to conserve America’s wildlife. The guide provides a roadmap and recommendations for people working on national forest plan revisions and navigating the complex diversity requirements of the new Forest Service planning regulations.
The 10 guiding principles for ecosystem services assessments are designed to encourage thorough assessments that take into consideration ecological, social, and economic values—an interdisciplinary approach that examines interdependent relationships.

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