The research notes presented on this blog are the prelude of a comprehensive monograph on lynx ecology we would like to publish.
In this book, we will present new findings on the ecology and behaviour 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 results that will be published in the book are gained through a combination of traditional and new research methods. In recent years, the directed, ‘smart’ use of camera traps in combination with track reading (a very ancient but extremely valuable technique of studying animals) has delivered us plenty of new knowledge which we could have never obtained by solely using common practice zoological research methods such a 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 book are welcome. More info in the ‘How to help’ section.
November 2018: first book published!
Because our new methodical approach soon revealed aspects of the life of lynxes which were completely unknown before, we wanted to share the main new findings and hypotheses earlier and decided to publish them in a pilot book.
After an introduction, description of the study areas, and methodology chapter, each chapter starts with a statement based on our findings, the statement is followed by a short literature review regarding the topic, an assumption on why the topic has not been studied yet, and finally our own data and information sources, among which many photo documentations.
The book can be downloaded integrally on Researchgate: