Avian Conservation: Research and Management

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<p>Many bird species throughout the world are in decline or are suffering from unmistakable signs of ill-health. Such problems often indicate more serious and widespread environmental problems, making avian research a critical component of the overall protection of biodiversity.<p>Avian Conservation presents the findings and insights of leading avian conservationists from around the world including Frances C. James, Ian Newton, Richard L. Hutto, John T. Rotenberry, P. Dee Boersma, David F. DeSante, Robert C. Fleischer and many others. ...
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<p>Many bird species throughout the world are in decline or are suffering from unmistakable signs of ill-health. Such problems often indicate more serious and widespread environmental problems, making avian research a critical component of the overall protection of biodiversity.<p>Avian Conservation presents the findings and insights of leading avian conservationists from around the world including Frances C. James, Ian Newton, Richard L. Hutto, John T. Rotenberry, P. Dee Boersma, David F. DeSante, Robert C. Fleischer and many others. Contributors review current research and identify information gaps that need to be filled if conservation measures are to be effectively carried out. They highlight the peril many species are experiencing, showcase important projects, and present the advice of practicing managers.<p>The book features a blend of methodological, empirical, and applied chapters that introduce new ideas and strategies to working managers, and suggest how to most effectively implement research results. Sections consider.<p><li>techniques for conserving and monitoring birds <li>approaches for conserving endangered and sensitive species <li>research needs in forested landscapes <li>conservation in nonforested and urban landscapes <li>global variation in conservation needs <li>relevance of conservation to land manager.<p>Each section is preceded by a brief introduction that provides a valuable overview of the issue being considered. Throughout, contributors emphasize three themes: that an expanding human population has caused widespread changes in bird habitats; that research must be shifted from short-term, correlative studies of bird abundance to long-term, experimental studies that measure avian population viability; and that a closer relationship needs to be developed between researchers and managers. Conservation biologists, managers, and students interested in the conservation of birds will find the book an important guide and resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559635691
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 563
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Introduction: The Current Status of Avian Conservation Biology and Prescriptions for the Future
1 Past Approaches and Future Directions for Avian Conservation Biology 5
2 The Growing Pains of Avian Conservation Biology 15
Pt. II Techniques for Conserving and Monitoring Birds
3 Genetics and Avian Conservation 29
4 Contribution of Spatial Modeling to Avian Conservation 49
5 Using Geographic Information Systems and Spatially Explicit Population Models for Avian Conservation: A Case Study 65
6 Using Landbirds As an Indicator Species Group 75
7 What Do We Need to Monitor in Order to Manage Landbirds? 93
Pt. III Approaches for Conserving Endangered and Sensitive Species
8 Directions in Endangered Species Research 111
9 Threatened Waterfowl: Recovery Priorities and Reintroduction Potential with Special Reference to the Hawaiian Goose 125
10 Applying Research for Effective Management: Case Studies in Seabird Restoration 141
11 The Role of Sensitive Species in Avian Conservation 155
Pt. IV Conservation in Forested Landscapes
12 The Ecological Basis of Avian Sensitivity to Habitat Fragmentation 181
13 Understanding Fragmented Midwestern Landscapes: The Future 193
14 Abiotic Influences on Bird-Habitat Relationships 209
15 A Strategy for Bird Research in Forested Ecosystems of the Western United States 219
Pt. V Conservation in Nonforested and Urban Landscapes
16 Threats to Seabirds: Research, Education, and Societal Approaches to Conservation 237
17 Avian Conservation Research Needs in Western Shrublands: Exotic Invaders and the Alteration of Ecosystem Processes 261
18 Research Needs for Grassland Bird Conservation 273
19 Urban Environments: Influences on Avifauna and Challenges for the Avian Conservationist 283
Pt. VI Global Variation in Conservation Needs
20 Bird Conservation Problems Resulting from Agricultural Intensification in Europe 307
21 Research Needs for the Conservation of Neotropical Birds 323
22 Research Applications for Bird Conservation in the Neotropics 337
23 Avian Conservation in Israel 345
24 Research Priorities for Bird Conservation in Russia 355
25 Avian Conservation Research in the Mariana Islands. Western Pacific Ocean 367
26 Research and Management for the Conservation of Birds in Australia 383
Pt. VII Relevance of Conservation Research to Land Managers
27 Land Manager Perceptions of Avian Research and Information Needs: A Case Study 399
28 Making Research Meaningful to the Manager 415
29 Relevance of Research to Resource Managers and Policy Makers 423
30 What Managers Really Need from Avian Researchers 431
31 Avian Conservation on National Forest System Lands: Linking Research and Management 439
Literature Cited 445
Contributing Authors 533
Index 537
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