Wetland Birds: Habitat Resources and Conservation Implications

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 18, 1999 - Nature - 271 pages
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Wetland birds provide us with some of nature's most wonderful sights--from vast flocks soaring overhead to newly-hatched chicks drying in the sun. Apart from their beauty and recreational and economic importance, these birds are excellent indicators of water quality and measures of biodiversity. But how do they use wetland habitats, and how can we best conserve and maintain them for the future? Milton Weller describes the ecology of wetland birds by identifying patterns of habitat use and typical bird communities that result from the use of resources such as food, cover, and breeding sites. He integrates basic and practical information on bird/habitat relationships for researchers, landowners, managers, and avid birders alike. As wetlands continue to decline, this book will help us to understand the potential and limits of wetlands as bird habitats.

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Other behavioral and physical influences on wetland living 99
Spatial and structural patterns 121
water plant succession and time 145
Population consequences of wetland abundance and quality 165
Current status and some conservation problems 213
Conservation and management strategies 227
Outlook 239
Epilogue 245
Scientific names of animals and animal groups other than birds 257
Subject index 265

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