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Birds and climate change: impacts and conservation responses.Artist/Author: Pearce-Higgins, James W. and Rhys E. Green.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Already among the best studied and monitored of organisms, birds can provide vital insights into the effects of climate change on species and ecosystems. While many are already under threat of extinction as a result of habitat loss, overexploitation and pollution, bird populations around the world are demonstrating the effects of climate change. Providing a single source of information for students, scientists, practitioners and policy-makers, this book begins with a critical review of the existing impacts of climate change on birds, including changes in the timing of migration and breeding and effects on bird populations around the world. The second part considers how conservationists can assess potential future impacts, quantifying how extinction risk is linked to the magnitude of global change and synthesising the evidence in support of likely conservation responses. The final chapters assess the threats posed by efforts to reduce the magnitude of climate change. Also available in hardcover [stock id 36963].
Avian urban ecology: behavioural and physiological adaptations.Artist/Author: Gil, Diego and Henrik Brumm, editors.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. As natural habitat continues to be lost and the world becomes more urbanized, biologists are increasingly studying the effect this has on wildlife. Birds are particularly good model systems since their life history, behaviour, and physiology are especially influenced by directly measurable environmental factors such as light and sound pollution. It is therefore relatively easy to compare urban individuals and populations with their rural counterparts. This accessible text focuses on the behavioural and physiological mechanisms which facilitate adaptation and on the evolutionary process that ensues. It discusses topics such as acoustics, reproductive cues, disease, and artificial feeding, and includes a series of case studies illustrating cutting edge research on these areas. Avian Urban Ecology is suitable for professional avian biologists and ornithologists as well as graduate students of avian ecology, evolution, and conservation. It will also be of relevance and use to a more general audience of urban ecologists and conservation biologists. Also available in hardcover [stock id 36059].
Effects of climate change on birds.Artist/Author: Moller, Anders Pape et al.
Climate change has always affected living organisms; however, current climate change is exceptional both in terms of the rate of change and the impact on individuals, populations, species, and ecosystems. This volume provides an exhaustive and up-to-date synthesis of the science of climate change as it relates to birds. Compared with any other class of animals, birds provide more long-term data and extensive time series (some dating back more than 100 years), a more geographically and taxonomically diverse source of information, and a longer tradition of extensive research. In fact this research record exceeds what is available in all other organisms combined. Also available in hardcover [stock id 33892].
Winged sentinels: birds and climate change.Artist/Author: Wormworth, Janice and Cagan H. Sekercioglu.
‘The ability of the birds to show us the consequences of our own actions is among their most important and least appreciated attributes. Despite the free advice of the birds, we do not pay attention’, said Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. From ice-dependent penguins of Antarctica to songbirds that migrate across the Sahara, birds’ responses provide early warning signs of the impact of climate change. This book uses colourful examples to show how particular groups of birds face heightened threats from climate change and to explore how we can help birds adapt in a warming world. Generously illustrated with colour photographs, the book is a fascinating insight into what climate change means for birds, and the potential consequences of ignoring these warning signs.
The atlas of birds: mapping avian diversity, behaviour and habitats worldwide.Artist/Author: Unwin, Mike.
Authoritative and concise, this beautifully illustrated atlas captures the dazzling diversity of bird life around the world. Its stunning full-colour maps reveal where birds are found and explain the many factors behind their distribution, while numerous photographs and illustrations showcase the most fascinating and colourful aspects of bird behaviour. Conservation concerns are highlighted throughout, underpinned by the very latest data from BirdLife International on the threats birds face worldwide. The atlas reveals how an astonishing variety of behavioural adaptations – from flight and feeding to nest building and song – have enabled birds to exploit virtually every habitat niche available. It also unveils the miracles of bird migration, charting key flyways around the globe and drawing upon the latest satellite-tracking technology to shed new light on this most mysterious phenomenon. The greatest threat to birds today comes from the human impact on their environment. Such forces as deforestation, wetland drainage, pollution, the introduction of alien species and climate change have placed at least 1,200 species in danger of extinction. The atlas draws on work by BirdLife International and other organisations to explore this issue, using maps and case studies to illustrate where and why birds are most under threat, and what is being done to protect them.
Bird migration and global change.Artist/Author: Cox, George W.
Changes in seasonal movements and population dynamics of migratory birds in response to ongoing changes resulting from global climate changes are a topic of great interest to conservation scientists and birdwatchers around the world. Because of their dependence on specific habitats and resources in different geographic regions at different phases of their annual cycle, migratory species are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Eminent ecologist George Cox brings his extensive experience as a scientist and bird enthusiast to bear in evaluating the capacity of migratory birds to adapt to the challenges of a changing climate. Cox reviews, synthesizes, and interprets recent and emerging science on the subject, beginning with a discussion of climate change and its effect on habitat, and followed by eleven chapters that examine responses of bird types across all regions of the globe. The final four chapters address the evolutionary capacity of birds, and considers how best to shape conservation strategies to protect migratory species in coming decades.
The rate of climate change is faster now than at any other moment in recent geological history. How best to manage migratory birds to deal with this challenge is a major conservation issue, and this volume is a unique and timely contribution to the literature. Also available in hardcover [stock id 32414].
Avian invasions: the ecology and evolution of exotic birds.Artist/Author: Blackburn, Tim M., Julie L. Lockwood and Phillip Cassey.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Biological invaders represent one of the primary threats to the maintenance of global biodiversity, human health, and the success of human economic enterprises. The continuing globalization of our society ensures that the need to understand the process of biological invasion will only increase in the future. There is also a growing recognition that the study of biological invaders provides a unique insight into basic questions in ecology and evolution. The study of exotic birds has had a particularly long history and has come to represent a fascinating intersection between the study of biological invasions, avian conservation biology, and basic principles of ecology and evolution. This book summarizes and synthesizes bird invasions and unravels the insights that the study of exotic birds brings to all three of these research strands. It includes chapters on the well-known contributions of exotic bird study to ecological science, and on the post-establishment evolution of introduced bird populations. The result is the most comprehensive picture yet of the invasion process. Also available in hardcover [stock id 32121].
Ecological and environmental physiology of birds.Artist/Author: Bicudo, J. Eduardo P.W.et al, editors.
Birds have colonized almost every terrestrial habitat on the planet from the poles to the tropics. This book focuses on our current understanding of the unique physiological characteristics of birds that are of particular interest to ornithologists, but also have a wider biological relevance. An introductory chapter covers the avian body plan and their enigmatic evolutionary history. The focus then shifts to a consideration of the essential components of their ability to fly. The emphasis here is on feather evolution and development, flight energetics and aerodynamics, migration, and as a counterpoint, the curious secondary evolution of flightlessness that has occurred in several lineages. This sets the stage for subsequent chapters, which present specific physiological topics within a strongly ecological and environmental framework. Also available in hardcover [stock id 31674].
Discovering more about birds: a land-for-wildlifer investigates.Artist/Author: Pate, John S.Add to cart
A best practice guide for wild bird monitoring schemes.Artist/Author: Vorisek, P. et al, editors.
This book summarises recommendations on establishing, running and improving national wild bird monitoring schemes. The methodology is described in detail and includes field methods, sampling design, data management and analysis, and communication; including case studies from various countries.
Naturalised birds of the world.Artist/Author: Lever, Christopher.
This book looks at the world’s naturalised (successfully introduced) species of bird and discusses each species in turn, describing how, why, when and where its introduction took place, how it became established, and the ecological and economic impacts its presence has had in the country or countries it is naturalised in. Each account has a map, showing natural and introduced range, and line drawings of the species concerned.
Bird migration: a general survey.Artist/Author: Berthold, Peter.
The question of how birds migrate over enormous distances with apparently minimal guidance continues to excite both professional and amateur ornithologists. Nearly ten years have elapsed since Peter Berthold, a leading researcher in the field, wrote the first edition of this highly readable and fascinating book. During that time the field has advanced by strides, so that this new edition has been extensively revised, expanded and updated. No other book exists that brings together the vast amount of information that is available on the subject of bird migration, so that this book will be an inspiration to birdwatchers, naturalists, and ornithologists alike.