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Restoring North America's Birds : Lessons from Landscape Ecology / Robert A. Askins.

Author/Creator:
Askins, Robert A., author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (336 p.) : 72 b/w illus.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The decline of bird species in a wide range of North American habitats-forests, prairies, shrublands, mountain regions, marshes, and deserts-has inspired two decades of intense scientific study of bird ecology and conservation. But for professional scientists and amateur birders alike, interpreting the results of these diverse studies is often complex and bewildering. This accessible book pulls together recent research on bird species and habitats to show how basic ecological principles apply in seemingly different situations. Robert A. Askins provides an engaging introduction to bird ecology and concepts of landscape ecology, focusing on such intriguing species as Bachman's Warbler, Red Crossbill, Mountain Plover, and Marbled Murrelet.Understanding the ancient landscapes of North America and how humans have changed them, Askins says, is essential for devising plans to protect and restore bird populations. In addition to such obvious changes to the landscape as the clearing of forests and plowing of prairies, more subtle changes also dramatically affect birds. Species may disappear when we interrupt natural disturbances by suppressing wildfires or trapping out beaver, or when we disrupt habitat with roads and housing developments. Askins challenges some of the assumptions that underlie current conservation efforts and offers concrete recommendations, based on sound ecological principles, for protecting the rich natural diversity of North America's birds.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Chapter 1.. Grassland Birds of the East Coast
Chapter 2. Another Quiet Decline
Chapter 3. The Great Plains
Chapter 4. Lost Birds of the Eastern Forest
Chapter 5. Deep-forest Birds and Hostile Edges
Chapter 6. Industrial Forestry and the Prospects for Northern Birds
Chapter 7. Birds of the Western Mountain Slopes
Chapter 8. Declining Birds of Southwestern Floodplains
Chapter 9. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and the Longleaf Pine Woodland
Chapter 10. Landscape Ecology
Afterword
Appendix 1. Scientific Names of Organisms Other Than Birds
Notes
References
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
Zickefoose, Julie
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300127119
OCLC:
1024047884
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300127119 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.