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Herons are large, popular, and in many cases, spectacular birds found in wetlands world-wide, both tropical and temperate, natural and man-made. Some populations are very small and localised, some have expanded their ranges, and a few are pests to human activities.
In the fifteen years since the publication of the latest monographic treatment of the family, The Herons Handbook there has been a tremendous increase in our knowledge of heron status and conservation requirements, set against a backdrop of increasing concern about the future of the World's wetland habitats. Most herons depend on wetlands, which must be conserved if herons are to persist. As a result, the local status of heron populations often reflects the success or failure of conservation action in wetlands and so serve as indicators of the state of wetlands.
This book provides a comprehensive update following two distinct threads. The status and conservation needs of herons are first presented on a regional basis, in a series of chapters set at a continental or subcontinental scale. Over 200 biologists and heron conservationists - many associated with the Heron Specialist Group sponsored by Wetlands International and IUCN - have contributed to the data summarised here, and these very latest census and survey results provide the most up-to-date and detailed picture of heron populations currently available. Few, if any, widespread bird groups have been subject to such an exhaustive evaluation of their status and conservation needs at national, continental and world-wide scales.
Chapters discussing several critical issues in heron conservation follow, tending to focus on the international nature of the problem. Many heron populations are migratory and depend upon conservation of both summer and wintering wetland habitats often located on different continents. Effective conservation of these wetlands of international importance depends in large part on local and regional socio-economic factors. Herons, to the extent that they require maintenance of wetland functioning, should be an integral part of sustainable wetland conservation. There is a bigger message here: it is that species and their habitats share a common future. Herons are not only a fascinating group in their own right, but also an object lesson in this universal truth.
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Gathers together details on populations and distributions of the world's herons and discusses their conservation needs. Status and conservation needs of herons are first presented on a regional basis in a series of chapters set at a continental or subcontinental scale, drawing on information contributed by some 200 biologists and heron conservationists. Chapters discussing several critical issues in heron conservation follow, focusing on the international nature of the problem, with discussion of wetland habitats, conservation of wetlands, and local and regional socio-economic factors. Includes b&w photos of birds. Kushlan has served as president of the Colonial Waterbird Society. Hafner has been Old World coordinator of the Heron Specialist Group since 1982. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124301306
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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The authors have been selected to receive the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Scientific Achievement Award. The award is to recognize significant contributions to science made by Patuxent's scientists and their collaborators.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.
Preface.
Introduction.
Herons in Europe.
Herons in the Mediterranean.
Herons in South and West Asia.
Herons in East and South-east Asia.
Herons in Africa and the Malagasy Region.
Herons in Australia & Oceania.
Herons in North & Central America and the West Indies.
Heron in South America.
Heron Nest Site Conservation.
Heron Feeding Habitat Conservation.
Conservation of Wintering & Migratory Habitat
Environmental Contaminants.
Aquaculture.
Captive Populations.
Herons as Indicators.
Research & Information Needs.
Conservation of Herons.
Reflections on Heron Conservation.
Acknowledgements.
References.
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