Surprise, surprise — a flying squirrel! Learning to protect the unexpected

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Nygren NV, Peltola T. Surprise, Surprise — A Flying Squirrel! Learning to Protect the Unexpected. Conservat Soc 2020;18:378-86.

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Title: Surprise, surprise — a flying squirrel! Learning to protect the unexpected
Author: Nygren, Nina V.; Peltola, Taru
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer - Medknow, Mumbai
Date: 2020
Language: en
Belongs to series: Conservation & Society 18 4 (2020)
ISSN: 0972-4923
Abstract: Non-human nature is often unpredictable and continues to surprise us. How can we take this into account and use it in ways leading to more robust conservation strategies? We analyse the emergence and implications of surprises in the context of conservation of strictly protected Siberian flying squirrels in Finland. Nocturnal, arboreal flying squirrels keep surprising surveyors, planners and landowners by their flickering presence. We use field interviews and other material to analyse surprises as relational and affective phenomena - both the surprised observer and an unexpected event are needed to create a surprise. We argue that surprises can help to reconsider situations and identify new knowledge about non-human nature, and hence improve conservation strategies.
Subject: Siberian flying squirrel
Russian flying squirrel
Subject (ysa): liito-orava

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