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Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai`iArtist/Author: Lewis, Daniel
A lively, rich natural history of Hawaiian birds that challenges existing ideas about what constitutes biocultural nativeness and belonging
This natural history takes readers on a thousand-year journey as it explores the Hawaiian Islands’ beautiful birds and a variety of topics including extinction, survival, conservationists and their work, and, most significantly, the concept of belonging. Author Daniel Lewis, an award-winning historian and globe-traveling amateur birder, builds this lively text around the stories of four species – the Stumbling Moa-Nalo, the Kaua’i ‘O’o, the Palila, and the Japanese White-Eye.
Lewis offers innovative ways to think about what it means to be native and proposes new definitions that apply to people as well as to birds. Being native, he argues, is a relative state influenced by factors including the passage of time, charisma, scarcity, utility to others, short-term evolutionary processes, and changing relationships with other organisms. Belonging on an Island also describes how bird conservation started in Hawai’i and the naturalists and environmentalists who did extraordinary work.
Birds of Eastern Polynesia: A Biogeographic AtlasArtist/Author: Thibault, Jean-Claude, Alice Cibois
Birds of Eastern Polynesia is the first biogeographic Atlas covering all of the birds of one of the largest areas of Oceania. The book treats all of the 241 species, including extinct birds, ever recorded on the Line Islands, the Cook, Austral, Society, Marquesas, Tuamotu and Gambier archipelagos, the Pitcairn Group, and the Eastern Is. Group. Their distribution over the 151 islands of the region is detailed in 142 maps. The species accounts include systematics, a detailed morphometric or genetic analysis when it is available, and data on distribution, population size and trends, habitat and breeding. All species recorded in Eastern Polynesia are illustrated in colour, except those only known by bone records.
Birds of Eastern Polynesia represents an original and much needed ornithological synthesis of all the available literature on Eastern Polynesian birds, including many difficult-to-find reports, as well as unpublished data gathered from local ornithologists and biologists. It also contains new data collected by the authors during numerous fieldtrips in Eastern Polynesia and during visits to museum collections. This work presents a complete overview of this vast oceanic region for anyone with an interest in the biology, biogeography and conservation of the birds of the Pacific islands.
Conservation Biology of Hawaiian Forest Birds: Implications for Island AvifaunaArtist/Author: Pratt, Thane K., Carter T. Atkinson, Paul C. Banko , James D. Jacobi, and Bethany L. Woodworth.
Hawaii’s forest bird community is the most insular and most endangered in the world and serves as a case study for threatened species globally. Ten have disappeared in the past thirty years, nine are critically endangered, and even common species are currently in decline. Thane K. Pratt, his coeditors, and collaborators, all leaders in their field, describe the research and conservation efforts over the past thirty years to save Hawaii’s forest birds. They also offer the most comprehensive look at the reasons for these extinctions and attempts to overcome them in the future. Among the topics covered in this book are trends in bird populations, environmental and genetic factors limiting population size, avian diseases, predators, and competing alien bird species. Colour plates by award-winning local photographer Jack Jeffrey illustrate all living species discussed or described.
Important bird areas in Fiji.Artist/Author: Masibalavu, Vilikesa T. and Guy Dutson, editors.
This book describes the 14 sites in Fiji which are of global importance for bird conservation.
Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia (Helm Field Guide)Artist/Author: Dutson, Guy
Covers the species rich Melanesia region of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons through the Bismarcks to Vanuatu. The superb colour plates illustrate the 650 species that occur in that region, allied with concise identification text and a series of distribution colour bars. The Kagu, endemic to New Caledonia is featured.
Guy Dutson is an ornithologist and tour-leader, and is the world’s leading authority on the birds of the south-west Pacific, a region in which he has described or rediscovered several species. He has led expeditions to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, in the course of which he rediscovered the Superb pitta on Manus.
Extinction and biogeography of tropical Pacific birds.Artist/Author: Steadman, David W.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. With a study of the landbirds of tropical Pacific islands – especially those from Fiji eastward to Easter Island, this title offers a history of the patterns and processes of island biology over time. It aims to correct the assumption that small, remote islands were unable to support rich assemblages of plants and animals.
Sprinkled across the tropical Pacific, the innumerable islands of Oceania are home to some of the most unique bird communities on the planet, and they sustain species found nowhere else on earth. Many of the birds that live in this region are endangered, however; many more have become extinct as a result of human activity, in both recent and prehistoric times. Reconstructing the avian world in the same way archeologists re-create ancient human societies, David W. Steadman – a leading authority on tropical Pacific avian paleontology – has spent the past two decades in the field, digging through layers of soil in search of the bones that serve as clues to the ancient past of island bird communities. His years of indefatigable research and analysis are the foundation for “Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds,” a monumental study of the landbirds of tropical Pacific islands – especially those from Fiji eastward to Easter Island – and an intricate history of the patterns and processes of island biology over time.
Using information gleaned from prehistoric specimens, Steadman reconstructs the birdlife of tropical Pacific islands as it existed before the arrival of humans and in so doing corrects the assumption that small, remote islands were unable to support rich assemblages of plants and animals. Easter Island, for example, though devoid of wildlife today, was the world’s richest seabird habitat before Polynesians arrived more than a millennium ago. Grounded in geology, paleontology, and archeology, but biological at its core, “Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds” is an exceptional work of unparalleled scholarship that will stimulate creative discussions of terrestrial life on oceanic islands for years to come. Also available in hardcover [stock id 24738].
The birdwatcher’s guide to Hawaii.Artist/Author: Soehren, Rick.
The first site-specific birding book written especially for the casual or novice birder. It is a fully illustrated look at more than 60 top birding sites.