Raptors in Human Landscapes

Author: David M. Bird
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080547541
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book is a collection of papers highlighting ways in which Raptors have successfully adapted to man-made landscapes and structures. The coverage of Raptors in Human Landscapes is broad, ranging from the impact of human activity on country-wide scales to the particular conditions associated with urban, cultivated, and industrial landscapes, as well as to the various schemes specifically directed towards the provision of artificial nest sites and platforms. The cases described hail from a wide geographic range including North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere, and from a broad spectrum of species groups such as the falcons, accipiters, eagles, kites, and many others. This is a book of immense value not only to ornithologists and conservation biologists, but also to engineers and managers involved in all kinds of building and environmental work in cities, power and water works, agriculture, and forestry. Serves as a good introduction to all aspects of the subject Focuses on successful adaptations of Raptors to environmental change

Urban Raptors

Author: Clint W. Boal
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 161091841X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Raptors are an unusual success story of wildness thriving in the heart of our cities—they have developed substantial populations around the world in recent decades. But there are deeper issues around how these birds make their urban homes. New research provides insight into the role of raptors as vital members of the urban ecosystem and future opportunities for protection, management, and environmental education. A cutting-edge synthesis of over two decades of scientific research, Urban Raptors is the first book to offer a complete overview of urban ecosystems in the context of bird-of-prey ecology and conservation. This comprehensive volume examines urban environments, explains why some species adapt to urban areas but others do not, and introduces modern research tools to help in the study of urban raptors. It also delves into climate change adaptation, human-wildlife conflict, and the unique risks birds of prey face in urban areas before concluding with real-world wildlife management case studies and suggestions for future research and conservation efforts. Boal and Dykstra have compiled the go-to single source of information on urban birds of prey. Among researchers, urban green space planners, wildlife management agencies, birders, and informed citizens alike, Urban Raptors will foster a greater understanding of birds of prey and an increased willingness to accommodate them as important members, not intruders, of our cities.

Avian Conservation

Author: John M. Marzluff
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781559635691
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Many bird species throughout the world are in decline or are suffering from unmistakable signs of ill-health. Such problems often indicate more serious and widespread environmental problems, making avian research a critical component of the overall protection of biodiversity.Avian Conservation presents the findings and insights of leading avian conservationists from around the world including Frances C. James, Ian Newton, Richard L. Hutto, John T. Rotenberry, P. Dee Boersma, David F. DeSante, Robert C. Fleischer and many others. Contributors review current research and identify information gaps that need to be filled if conservation measures are to be effectively carried out. They highlight the peril many species are experiencing, showcase important projects, and present the advice of practicing managers.The book features a blend of methodological, empirical, and applied chapters that introduce new ideas and strategies to working managers, and suggest how to most effectively implement research results. Sections consider:techniques for conserving and monitoring birds approaches for conserving endangered and sensitive species research needs in forested landscapes conservation in nonforested and urban landscapes global variation in conservation needs relevance of conservation to land manager.Each section is preceded by a brief introduction that provides a valuable overview of the issue being considered. Throughout, contributors emphasize three themes: that an expanding human population has caused widespread changes in bird habitats; that research must be shifted from short-term, correlative studies of bird abundance to long-term, experimental studies that measure avian population viability; and that a closer relationship needs to be developed between researchers and managers. Conservation biologists, managers, and students interested in the conservation of birds will find the book an important guide and resource.

Harrier Hawk of the Marshes

Author: Frances Hamerstrom
Publisher: Smithsonian Books (DC)
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Discusses the physical characteristics and habits of the Northern harrier hawk as revealed in a twenty-five year study

Raptor Research and Management Techniques

Author: Keith L. Bildstein
Publisher: Hancock House Pub Limited
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This is the much antici-pated and thoroughly updated version of the popular but long out of print "Raptor Management Techniques Manual". Produced by the Raptor Research Foundation, this is a compre-hensive work designed for use by raptor researchers and conserva-tionists and natural-resource managers around the world. Each chapter has been authored by experts in the field and has undergone rigorous review. Not an all-inclusive manual or detailed "how-to" book, this new work reflects the state of the art in raptor research, with up-to-date information on various techniques, and numerous references to additional sources for details and cautions regarding various field and laboratory techniques and management tools. Beginning with a general review of the field of raptor research, it includes insights into field-study techniques, information on the energetics, physiology, pathology, and toxicology of raptors; it cov-ers reduction of management and researcher disturbance, mitiga-tion, population monitoring at migration watchsites, captive breed-ing, the augmentation of wild populations, and rehabilitation, and concludes with chapters on public education and legal considerations. This book will enhance standardisation in the field, speed improvement in techniques and help those who study and manage birds to better protect them.

Falcons of North America

Author: Kate Davis
Publisher: Mountain Press
ISBN: 9780878425532
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Fierce, bold, and beautiful, falcons hold a special place in the hearts of people. In Falcons of North America, renowned raptor advocate and environmental educator Kate Davis opens a door into the lives of these extra-ordinary, enigmatic birds of prey."-back cover.