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NEW: EDGE Forum!

(11 posts)
  • Started 8 years ago by James Sanford
  • Latest reply from Carly Waterman
  1. As you can see, we now have a wonderful EDGE forum where you can exchange information about EDGE species - and related activities - amongst yourselves.

    We hope that you be able to use this to discuss any aspect of conservation work: working in the field, getting funding, finding new recruits for conservation projects for EDGE species, obtaining scientific information etc. Or even just asking basic questions about EDGE.

    One of the most important things for any community (online or otherwise) is communication, so let's communicate!

    So what do you think of our Forum?

    James

    Posted 8 years ago #
  2. Carly Waterman
    EDGE team

    Hi James,

    Thanks for creating this new forum for us. We're really looking forward to exchanging ideas about conserving EDGE species and their habitats. I really hope that this forum gets taken up by our community of researchers, conservationists, fundraisers and interested individuals.

    If you would like to join the EDGE Community please contact the team at info@edgeofexistence.org and we will send you information on how to join.

    In the meantime, I look forward to reading your posts!

    Best wishes,

    Carly

    Posted 8 years ago #
  3. Dave1812
    Member

    Hi and thanks for setting up this forum.

    Dave1812

    Posted 8 years ago #
  4. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Any predictions for when the top 100 birds will be uploaded on the website?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  5. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    how about the top 100 reptiles

    Cheers,
    Scott Eipper

    Posted 8 years ago #
  6. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Very nice site!

    Posted 8 years ago #
  7. Anonymous
    Unregistered

    Is there any way to get rid of the spammers?

    Posted 8 years ago #
  8. Yes, but it will mean that every post will have to be manually approved before it is published. I'm looking into it (there is a plug-in but it appears to only work with the 1.0 alpha release).

    Posted 8 years ago #
  9. baghira
    Member

    It's very great website!
    Very, very long time is waited for this forum!

    I'm studying last time 14 - 16 years wild cat family. Today's studying is carnivores, primates and ungulates - three orders on mammals; some species of birds and reptiles. I'm from Slovakia. Please, accept such a seriously partner. I can search on internet, what a new species primates, carnivores or ungulates; or others species.
    I know manipulate with Word (documents) - works on computer.
    My collection is big and knowledge like utilize.
    In collection are many species, which enrich this EDGE forum.
    Is not only internet, but from many books, which I'm did
    to disposition. This is true about me.

    Very big happy, that may cooperations with Yours and here.

    Posted 8 years ago #
  10. Sally Wren
    EDGE Team

    Hi Scott,

    We would definitely like to have a list for EDGE Reptiles in the future, however we cannot do this at the moment due to lack of available information – our prioritisation method requires there to be a complete dated phylogeny (at least to genus, but preferably to species level) for a taxonomic group (to get a score for 'Evolutionary Distinctiveness' - ED), and for every species in the group to have been assessed for threat status on the IUCN Red List (to get the score for 'Global Endangerment' - GE). Together these scores make up the EDGE score.

    There is currently argument about the taxonomic relationships between reptiles and IUCN have assessed less than 20% of reptile species to date, so until this information is available then unfortunately the EDGE method can’t be applied to the group. In order to get going on the reptiles a bit quicker we have considered assessing just the testudines initially, because the information will probably be available sooner for this group than reptiles as a whole, although this is still not complete.

    However, to speculate (just for fun) in an EDGE Reptiles list I think tuatara are the obvious candidates for weird and unusual reptiles, so must come out near the top. Threatened crocodilians might be up there too, along with the more unique and most threatened of the testudines. I don’t know the group well enough to make any more detailed guesses (especially about the squamata), but in general safe bets for top EDGE species would be those in the highest Red List threat categories which are on ancient lineages and have few close relatives. For example, monotypic families which are threatened are likely contenders as high priorities.

    As for other groups, we are currently working on a list for EDGE Birds (more info to come soon) and one for EDGE Gymnosperms with Kew Gardens is also progressing. Welwitschia mirabilis and Ginkgo biloba will probably be high on the gymnosperm list. We have also talked about EDGE Sharks as a group to develop in the future, but so long as the phylogeny and threat status is available then we can apply the theory to any group that has more than 100 species.

    If anyone has any suggestions of other taxonomic groups we could prioritise using EDGE then let us know!

    Sally

    Posted 8 years ago #

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