Volume 579 Issue 7799, 19 March 2020

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The cover shows a royal flycatcher, one species in the rich diversity of bird life in Costa Rica. In this week’s issue, Nicholas Hendershot and his colleagues discuss the long-term changes in avian biodiversity brought about by agricultural practices and climate change. Over the course of 18 years, the researchers repeatedly surveyed 48 sites in Costa Rica that represented a range of land use from natural forest to diversified and intensive agriculture. They found that long-term biodiversity changes were greatest in the most intensively managed landscapes, effects that were magnified under drought conditions. The species diversity within diversified agriculture remained high over the long term, indicating that this form of land management could play a powerful role in biodiversity conservation. Diversity in intensive agriculture, however, declined progressively.

Cover image: J. Nicholas Hendershot

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