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Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment #40: Nesting Birds of a Tropical Frontier: The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas

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The story behind the birds everyone wants to see

Halfway between Dallas and Mexico City, along the last few hundred miles of the Rio Grande, lies a subtropical outpost where people come from all over the world to see birds. Located between the temperate north and the tropic south, with desert to the west and ocean to the east, the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas provides habitat for a variety of birds seen nowhere else in the United States. If you want to see a Hooked-billed Kite, Muscovy Duck, or Altamira Oriole, this is the place.

Drawing on years of personal observation and study, Timothy Brush has written a classic work of natural history about the little-known breeding bird communities of the Valley and the diversity of nesting strategies and behaviors that can be seen. Brush estimates that there are more than 150 current breeding species in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In Nesting Birds of a Tropical Frontier, he describes the habits, distribution, changes in occurrence, and general outlook of these as well as former breeders, concentrating on Valley specialties and other birds of particular interest in the Valley.

The species are all dependent upon appropriate habitat, from riparian forest to mesquite savannah, and Brush describes the history of these habitats and the special features that keep the birds coming. He also discusses conservation and the need for both large-scale land acquisitions by public and private groups and small-scale restoration through urban parks and individual landscaping.

Art by Gerald Sneed and color photographs by several of Texasand#8217; top nature photographers show off some of the Valleyand#8217;s famous birds. Historical maps of vegetation and geology help us gain a better perspective on the changes that have taken place along the Rio Grande and on the breeding bird communities of the U.S.and#150;Mexico frontier.

About the Author

Timothy Brush is an associate professor of biology at the University of Texasand#150;Pan American in Edinburg. He has been observing, studying, and writing about the birds of the Lower Rio Grande Valley for over a decade.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585444366
Author:
Brush, Timothy
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Birds -- Habitat -- Texas.
Subject:
Birds - Texas - Lower Rio Grande Valley
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Perspectives on South Texas, sponsored by Texas AandM University-Kingsville
Series Volume:
40
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 color photos., 10 paintings., 6 maps.
Pages:
262
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.1 lb

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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » Birdwatching
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » General
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding

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