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Alabama Wildlife: Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals

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Alabama is blessed with a tremendous wealth of natural resources that spans aquatic and terrestrial habitats from the Gulf beaches to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  This great physical diversity produces numerous habitat types and the abundant wildlife species they support.  Yet many animal populations in the state are struggling against serious threats, such as habitat loss, environmental contaminants, disease, invasive species, and overcollecting.

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Overview

Alabama is blessed with a tremendous wealth of natural resources that spans aquatic and terrestrial habitats from the Gulf beaches to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  This great physical diversity produces numerous habitat types and the abundant wildlife species they support.  Yet many animal populations in the state are struggling against serious threats, such as habitat loss, environmental contaminants, disease, invasive species, and overcollecting.

This volume builds on Volume I of the four-volume set by providing a closer focus on individual species of threatened amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.  Each entry presents the species' common and scientific names, a detailed morphological description, full-color identification photographs and distribution maps, habitats used, life history and ecological information, and the basis for  each species' level of conservation concern.  It is, in one volume, a "report card" on the health of wild populations of terrestrial and selected aquatic species and a comprehensive field guide to their identification.

OTHER VOLUMES IN THIS SERIES:

Alabama Wildlife, Volume I: A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates: Aquatic Mollusks, Fishes, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals

Alabama Wildlife, Volume 2: Imperiled Aquatic Mollusks and Fishes

Alabama Wildlife, Volume 4: Conservation and Management Recommendations for Imperiled Wildlife

Ralph E. Mirarchi is William R. and Fay Ireland Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at Auburn University.

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"Regardless of their abundance, each species is part of the gift that has been bestowed upon us. Each has its place, role, and function. As the most intelligent beings on this planet, and those capable of impacting it the most, we have been given the responsibility to allow other organisms their space and to understand their roles and functions as best we can."
&#8212from the foreword by Gary H. Moody, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817351328
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph E. Mirarchi is William R. and Fay Ireland Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at Auburn University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
Foreword 1
Dedication 2
Editors' Notes 3
Acknowledgments 3
Preface 4
Amphibians and Reptiles 9
Introduction 10
Authors 12
Amphibians 13
List of Extinct Taxa 13
List of Extirpated Taxa 13
List of Extirpated/Conservation Action Underway Taxa 13
List of Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa 14
Species Accounts: Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa
Gopher Frog and Mississippi Gopher Frog 15
River Frog 17
Flatwoods Salamander 19
Eastern Hellbender 20
Southern Dusky Salamander 22
List of Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa 24
Species Accounts: Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa
Pine Barrens Treefrog 25
Little Grass Frog 27
One-toed Amphiuma 28
Green Salamander 29
Seepage Salamander 31
Tennessee Cave Salamander 33
Red Hills Salamander 34
Black Warrior Waterdog 36
Reptiles 38
List of Extinct Taxa 38
List of Extirpated Taxa 38
List of Extirpated/Conservation Action Underway Taxa 38
List of Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa 39
Species Accounts: Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa
Eastern Indigo Snake 40
Southern Hognose Snake 42
Black Pine Snake 43
Loggerhead Sea Turtle 45
Green Sea Turtle 47
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle 48
Leatherback Sea Turtle 50
Mississippi Diamondback Terrapin 52
Alabama Red-bellied Turtle 54
List of Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa 56
Species Accounts: Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa
Mimic Glass Lizard 57
Coal Skink 58
Southeastern Five-lined Skink 60
Rainbow Snake 62
Prairie Kingsnake 63
Eastern Kingsnake 65
Speckled Kingsnake 66
Northern Pine Snake 68
Florida Pine Snake 69
North Florida Swamp Snake 71
Eastern Coral Snake 72
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake 73
Alligator Snapping Turtle 75
Barbour's Map Turtle 77
Razor-backed Musk Turtle 79
Flattened Musk Turtle 80
Gopher Tortoise 82
Alabama Amphibians and Reptiles Watch List 84
Common and Scientific Names of Plants and Animals Associated with Imperiled Taxa of Amphibans and Reptiles 85
References for Amphibians and Reptiles 87
Birds 97
Introduction 98
Authors 100
Birds 101
List of Extinct Taxa 101
List of Extirpated Taxa 101
List of Extirpated/Conservation Action Underway Taxa 101
Species Accounts: Extirpated Taxa
Ivory-billed Woodpecker 102
Common Raven 104
List of Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa 106
Species Accounts: Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa
Snowy Plover 107
Wilson's Plover 108
Piping Plover 110
Red-cockaded Woodpecker 112
Bewick's Wren 114
Cerulean Warbler 116
Henslow's Sparrow 118
List of Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa 120
Species Accounts: Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa
Least Bittern 121
Reddish Egret 122
Wood Stork 124
American Black Duck 126
Swallow-tailed Kite 128
Northern Harrier 130
American Kestrel 132
Yellow Rail 134
Black Rail 135
American Oystercatcher 137
American Woodcock 138
Short-eared Owl 140
Wood Thrush 142
Worm-eating Warbler 144
Swainson's Warbler 146
Kentucky Warbler 148
Bachman's Sparrow 150
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 152
Seaside Sparrow 153
Alabama Birds Watch List 155
Common and Scientific Names of Plants and Animals Associated with Imperiled Taxa of Birds 157
References for Birds 159
Mammals 167
Introduction 168
Authors 169
Mammals 170
List of Extinct Taxa 170
List of Extirpated Taxa 170
Red Wolf 171
Puma 172
Elk 174
Bison 176
List of Extirpated/Conservation Action Underway Taxa 178
List of Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa 178
Species Accounts: Priority 1/Highest Conservation Concern Taxa
Gray Myotis 179
Indiana Myotis 180
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat 182
Alabama Beach Mouse 183
Perdido Key Beach Mouse 185
Black Bear 187
West Indian Manatee 189
List of Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa 191
Species Accounts: Priority 2/High Conservation Concern Taxa
Pygmy Shrew 192
Little Brown Myotis 193
Southeastern Myotis 194
Northern Long-eared Myotis 195
Northern Yellow Bat 197
Brazilian Free-tailed Bat 198
Marsh Rabbit 200
Appalachian Cottontail 201
Southeastern Pocket Gopher 204
Allegheny Woodrat 206
Meadow Jumping Mouse 207
Long-tailed Weasel 208
Eastern Spotted Skunk 210
Alabama Mammals Watch List 212
Common and Scientific Names of Plants and Animals Associated with Imperiled Taxa of Mammals 213
References for Mammals 214
Glossary 219
List of Figures
Maps
Counties of Alabama viii
Ecoregions of Alabama ix
Map Symbols x
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