The research notes presented on this blog are the prelude of the monograph on lynx ecology we would like to publish. The book will bear the title: ‘Population ecology of the lynx (Lynx lynx) in Belarus: lessons learned from former and new methodological approaches’.

In this book, we will present new findings on the general ecology of the species, alongside detailed knowledge of regional features of lynx ecology. The environment lynxes live in (formed by climate, soil, vegetation and anthropogenic influences) and the community of vertebrates they interact with, have great impact on several aspects of their ecology. When comparing research results from different regions, it’s important to keep this in mind. The specific regional features we found in Belarus give us more insight in the ecological flexibility and adaptability of the species. Therefore, the knowledge compiled in the book will be valuable for everyone interested in the Eurasian lynx throughout its distribution range.

The subtitle emphasises the fact that the results are gained through a combination of traditional and new research methods. In recent years, the directed use of camera traps in combination with tracking (a very ancient but extremely valuable technique of studying animals) has delivered us plenty of new knowledge. We could never acquire this knowledge solely by using common practice zoological research techniques such as telemetry.

Throughout the book, the text will be richly illustrated with camera trap pictures and pictures of habitats, tracks and signs of activity, revealing stories and providing insights into the life of this secretive and enigmatic felid.

Donations for the publishing of the book are welcome. More info in the ‘How to help’ section.

Below you can find the preliminary content table of the book.

  1. Introduction
  2. Study areas
  3. Methods
  4. Status and population dynamics
  5. Spatial population structure
    • Population density and habitat carrying capacity
    • Home range size and home range structure
    • (Micro)habitat combinations selected by lynx
    • Spatial activity pattern
    • Social behavior
  6. Dietary study
  7. Competition with wolves
    • Exploitative competition with wolf in relation to changes in prey supply
    • Interference
  8. Impact on medium sized predators and shared prey species
  9. Reproduction
    • Timing of mating and parturition
    • Denning behavior
    • Raising of kits during the warm season
    • Winter family life
  10. Mortality and longevity in lynxes