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California Natural History Guides #83: Introduction to California Birdlife

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In almost every location and every season, California is a birdwatchers' paradise. One can search Sierra meadows for a Great Gray Owl, the autumn estuary for a Black-bellied Plover, or spring willow thickets for the effervescent song of the Yellow Warbler. Closer to home, backyards, neighborhood parks, and cities abound with many of the state's 600-plus bird species. This beautifully illustrated book, the first based on the relationship between birds and their habitats, is the definitive introduction to California's varied birds and the lives they lead.

Introduction to California Birdlife describes the representative birds in California's seven major bioregions: ocean, seashore, coastal ranges, Central Valley, mountains and foothills, Great Basin, and deserts. It explains key relationships among weather patterns, plant communities, and the ecological rhythms of these habitats and shows how these factors relate to the distribution, behavioral adaptations, and environmental challenges of its birds.

* The perfect book for beginning and intermediate naturalists, and in-depth enough for experienced naturalists who would like to learn more about the habitat affinities, ecological niches, and seasonal cycles of California birds

* 150 color photographs bring to life many of the birds described

* Introduces the basics of avian biology

* Includes a list of all California's known bird species and a glossary of birding terms

Synopsis:

"As a longtime birder, ornithologist, and naturalist, Evens has the breadth of understanding of California's avifauna like few others have. . . . Tait's photos are outstanding-it's obvious he's been at it for decades. . . . Anyone interested in the natural history of California will want to read this book."and#151;Jeff N. Davis, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

"This is the first book on California birds that is based on habitats. I would have loved to have it when I started birdwatching in 1958! I would have read it cover to cover a dozen times and slept with it under my pillow."and#151;Steve Laymon, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Land Management

About the Author

Jules Evens, principal of Avocet Research Associates, is a field biologist who has specialized in California birds for 25 years. He is author of The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula (revised edition, 1993). Ian Tait is a wildlife photographer whose work has appeared in scientific and popular journals as well as museum exhibits. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Overview of Californiaand#8217;s Birds

Seabirds and the Marine Environment

Birds of the Shoreline

Birds of the Coast Ranges

Birds of the Central Valley and Delta

Birds of Mountains and Foothills

Birds of the Great Basin

The Desertand#8217;s Birds

Checklist of California Birds

Glossary

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520238619
Author:
Tait, Ian
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Evens, Jules
Author:
Evens, Jules G.
Subject:
California
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - Guides
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
United States - Pacific - California
Subject:
Birds -- California.
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Bird Guides
Subject:
Americana - California
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Natural History Guides
Series Volume:
83
Publication Date:
20050407
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
161 color illustrations, 4 line illustra
Pages:
393
Dimensions:
7.25 x 4.5 x 1 in 1.04 lb

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » Birdwatching
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » General
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding
Travel » North America » United States » Western States

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"Synopsis" by ,
"As a longtime birder, ornithologist, and naturalist, Evens has the breadth of understanding of California's avifauna like few others have. . . . Tait's photos are outstanding-it's obvious he's been at it for decades. . . . Anyone interested in the natural history of California will want to read this book."and#151;Jeff N. Davis, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz

"This is the first book on California birds that is based on habitats. I would have loved to have it when I started birdwatching in 1958! I would have read it cover to cover a dozen times and slept with it under my pillow."and#151;Steve Laymon, Natural Resource Specialist, Bureau of Land Management

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