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The effectiveness of a Mesoamerican 'paper park' in conserving cloud forest avifauna

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The effectiveness of a Mesoamerican 'paper park' in conserving cloud forest avifauna. / Martin, Thomas Edward; Blackburn, George Alan.

In: Biodiversity and Conservation, Vol. 18, No. 14, 12.2009, p. 3841-3859.

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Martin, Thomas Edward ; Blackburn, George Alan. / The effectiveness of a Mesoamerican 'paper park' in conserving cloud forest avifauna. In: Biodiversity and Conservation. 2009 ; Vol. 18, No. 14. pp. 3841-3859.

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