Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting

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by Catherine Rich
     
 

While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known-for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting-the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in… See more details below

Overview

While certain ecological problems associated with artificial night lighting are widely known-for instance, the disorientation of sea turtle hatchlings by beachfront lighting-the vast range of influences on all types of animals and plants is only beginning to be recognized. From nest choice and breeding success of birds to behavioral and physiological changes in salamanders, many organisms are seriously affected by human alterations in natural patterns of light and dark. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting is the first book to consider the environmental effects of the intentional illumination of the night. It brings together leading scientists from around the world to review the state of knowledge on the subject and to describe specific effects that have been observed across a full range of taxonomic groups, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and plants. Ecological Consequences of Artificial Night Lighting provides a scientific basis to begin addressing the challenge of conserving the nighttime environment. It cogently demonstrates the vital importance of this until-now neglected topic and is an essential new work for conservation planners, researchers, and anyone concerned with human impacts on the natural world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559631297
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
11/18/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
Night, Venezuela16
2Effects of artificial night lighting on terrestrial mammals19
3Bats and their insect prey at streetlights43
Night, Maine woods62
4Effects of artificial night lighting on migrating birds67
5Influences of artificial light on marine birds94
6Road lighting and grassland birds : local influence of road lighting on a black-tailed godwit population114
Night, Tortuguero138
7Protecting sea turtles from artificial night lighting at Florida's oceanic beaches141
8Night lights and reptiles : observed and potential effects169
9Observed and potential effects of artificial night lighting on Anuran amphibians192
10Influence of artificial illumination on the nocturnal behavior and physiology of salamanders221
Night, Atlantic253
11Artificial night lighting and fishes257
Night, tropics278
12Artificial night lighting and insects : attraction of insects to streetlamps in a rural setting in Germany281
13Effects of artificial night lighting on moths305
14Stray light, fireflies, and fireflyers345
15Artificial light at night in freshwater habitats and its potential ecological effects365
Night, Massachusetts386
16Physiology of plant responses to artificial lighting389
17Synthesis413

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