Special Issue "Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) in Urban Areas Contrasting Bird Diversity Decline"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Birds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yanina Benedetti
Guest Editor
Department of Applied Geoinformatics and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, CZ-165 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Interests: biodiversity conservation; bird community; avian diversity; bird behavior; urban ecology; landscape ecology; ecosystem services; evolutionary ecology; agroecology
Dr. Jukka Jokimäki
Guest Editor
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, 96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
Interests: urban birds; migratory birds; ecology of birds; urban biodiversity; arctic biodiversity; boreal biodiversity; forest birds; mire birds; water birds; bird monitoring; conservation biology
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Dear Colleagues,

The main drivers of the current biodiversity loss - land-use and climate change - in association with the rising world population living in cities, require the design of more sustainable, safe, and resilient cities for both animals and humans, via urban management activities. There is increasing scientific recognition of the need to adopt Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to achieve urban sustainability and increase resilience facing climate change. However, more knowledge about NbS contrasting bird diversity decline in urban areas is essential.

NbS are living solutions, inspired by nature and should be pragmatic, cost-effective, reliable, and replicable to provide multiple environmental benefits. Accordingly, the latest NbS studies in urban areas focused on environmental benefits such as the mitigation of heat island effects, restoration, the reduction of noise, light and air pollution, flood prevention/protection, the enhancement of biodiversity and natural capital, and human well-being and health present important challenges for the future research of these effects on urban bird species.

This Special Issue is interested in research, and review papers, focusing on the development and assessment of NbS (as well as related concepts such as ecosystem services and blue, brown, and green infrastructure) supporting multiple components of bird diversity, populations, and individuals. Ecological, behavioral, and physiological assessments of NbS effects on complex bird species responses reflecting the enhancement of different processes (behavior, physiology, health, and molecular activity and performance) are also welcome.

Dr. Yanina Benedetti
Dr. Jukka Jokimäki
Guest Editors

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  • adaptation
  • avian communities
  • biotic homogenization
  • bird behaviour
  • bird populations
  • climate change mitigation
  • ecosystem-based management
  • evolutionary distinctiveness
  • functional diversity
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • phylogenetic diversity
  • urban birds
  • urban ecosystem services
  • urban greenery
  • urban management
  • urban planning and development

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Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) Is the Main Driver of Nocturnal Feral Pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica) Foraging in Urban Areas
Animals 2020, 10(4), 554; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10040554 - 26 Mar 2020
Artificial light at night (ALAN) is one of the most extreme environmental alterations in urban areas, which drives nocturnal activity in diurnal species. Feral Pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica), a common species in urban centers worldwide, has been observed foraging at [...] Read more.
Artificial light at night (ALAN) is one of the most extreme environmental alterations in urban areas, which drives nocturnal activity in diurnal species. Feral Pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica), a common species in urban centers worldwide, has been observed foraging at night in urban areas. However, the role of ALAN in the nocturnal activity of this species is unknown. Moreover, studies addressing the relationship between ALAN and nocturnal activity of diurnal birds are scarce in the Southern Hemisphere. The objective of this study is to assess the environmental factors associated with nocturnal activity of the Feral Pigeon in Argentinian cities. Environmental conditions were compared between sites where pigeons were seen foraging and randomly selected sites where pigeons were not recorded foraging. Nocturnal foraging by the Feral Pigeon was recorded in three of four surveyed cities. ALAN was positively related to nocturnal foraging activity in Salta and Buenos Aires. The results obtained suggest that urbanization would promote nocturnal activity in Feral Pigeons. Moreover, nocturnal activity was mainly driven by ALAN, which probably alters the circadian rhythm of pigeons. Full article
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