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Wetland Birds: Habitat Resources and Conservation Implications / Edition 1
     

Wetland Birds: Habitat Resources and Conservation Implications / Edition 1

by Milton W. Weller
 

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ISBN-10: 0521633621

ISBN-13: 9780521633628

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Wetland birds provide us with some of nature's most wonderful sights—from vast flocks soaring overhead to newly-hatched chicks drying in the sun. Apart from their beauty and recreational and economic importance, these birds are excellent indicators of water quality and measures of biodiversity. But how do they use wetland habitats, and how can we best conserve

Overview

Wetland birds provide us with some of nature's most wonderful sights—from vast flocks soaring overhead to newly-hatched chicks drying in the sun. Apart from their beauty and recreational and economic importance, these birds are excellent indicators of water quality and measures of biodiversity. But how do they use wetland habitats, and how can we best conserve and maintain them for the future? Milton Weller describes the ecology of wetland birds by identifying patterns of habitat use and typical bird communities that result from the use of resources such as food, cover, and breeding sites. He integrates basic and practical information on bird/habitat relationships for researchers, landowners, managers, and avid birders alike. As wetlands continue to decline, this book will help us to understand the potential and limits of wetlands as bird habitats.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521633628
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Wetlands: what, where and why; 3. Major groups of birds that use wetlands; 4. Water and other resource influences; 5. Foods, feeding tactics, strategies and guilds; 6. Bird mobility and wetland predictability; 7. Other behavioral and physical influences on wetland living; 8. Spatial and structural patterns; 9. Habitat dynamics: water, succession and time; 10. Population consequences of wetland abundance and quality; 11. How birds influence wetlands; 12. Conservation implications; 13. Measures of bird habitat use and quality; 14. Current status and some conservation problems; 15. Conservation and management strategies; 16. Outlook; Epilogue; Scientific names of birds mentioned in the text; Scientific names of animals other than birds mentioned in the text; Scientific names of plants mentioned in the text; Index.

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