Population Limitation in Birds

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Academic Press, Apr 8, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 597 pages
This book meets the demand for a comprehensive introduction to understanding the processes of population limitation. Recognized world-wide as a respected biologist and communicator, Dr. Ian Newton has now written a clear and detailed treatise on local scale population limiting factors in birds. It is based almost entirely on results from field studies, though it is set in a contemporary theoretical framework. The 16 chapters fall under three major section headings: Behavior and Density Regulation; Natural Limiting Factors; and Human Impacts. Population Limitation in Birds serves as a needed resource expanding on Dr. David Lacks research in this area of ornithology in the 1950s. It includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie.
  • Provides a sorely needed introduction to a long-established core subject in ornithology
  • Focuses on local scale factors
  • Written by a well-known biologist and effective communicator
  • Includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie

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Page 2 - The aim of this book, as stated in the preface, is "to present an engineering text on frequency modulation covering both basic principles and the design of commercial apparatus.
Page 13 - In reality, no one factor is likely to account wholly for a given population level. This is because reproduction and survival are seldom influenced by one factor alone, but by several which may act independently or in combination.
Page 27 - One of the most urgent requirements in avian population research is for more work in extensive areas of natural habitat before such areas are gone forever. Only then can we tell the full extent of human influence on population phenomena, and view our findings in a more appropriate perspective.
Page 40 - Roosts near the smallest mud flats were smaller, but also included a higher proportion of juveniles, immatures and males (which are smaller than females). There was other evidence that these roosts contained birds of poorer quality - birds of each age-class were, on average, significantly below their expected weight - and also contained more birds with deformed bills.
Page 42 - Larus atricilla were found to be much less successful than adults when plunge diving for fish, slightly less successful when aerial dipping, and equally successful when catching offal in the air (Burger & Gochfield 1983).
Page ix - The Natural Regulation of Animal Numbers' (1954) and 'Population studies of birds' (1966), did much to stimulate research on bird populations years ago.
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Dr. Ian Newton is respected world-wide both as a biologist with a special interest and expertise in this subject and as a communicator. He is a seasoned and popular key note speaker at National and International meetings, and his talks are often the high point of conferences.Ian Newton was born and raised in north Derbyshire. He attended Chesterfield Boys Grammar School, followed by the universities of Bristol and Oxford. He has been interested in birds since boyhood, and as a teenager developed a particular fascination with finches, which later led to doctoral and post-doctoral studies on these birds. Later in life he became known fore his penetrating field studies of bird populations, notably on raptors. He is now a senior ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council, and visiting professor of ornithology at the University of Oxford. Most of his research has been in Scotland, but he has also spent a sabbatical year with the Canadian Wildlife Service, studying waterfowl, and is a frequent visitor to research groups in the United States and elsewhere. He has published more than 200 scientific papers on birds, and several books, including Finches (1972), Population Ecology of Raptors (1979), The Sparrowhawk (1986), and Lifetime Reproduction in Birds (edited, 1989). He has served as President of the British Ecological Society, Vice-president of the British Ornithologists' Union, and is honorary member of the American Ornithologists' Union. He has received several prestigious awards for research and conservation, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993. He is married, and has two sons and a daughter.

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