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Changes in seasonal movements and population dynamics of migratory birds in response to ongoing changes resulting from global climate changes are a topic of great interest to conservation scientists and birdwatchers around the world. Because of their dependence on specific habitats and resources in different geographic regions at different phases of their annual cycle, migratory species are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

In Bird Migration and Global Change, eminent ecologist George W. Cox brings his extensive experience as a scientist and bird enthusiast to bear in evaluating the capacity of migratory birds to adapt to the challenges of a changing climate.

Cox reviews, synthesizes, and interprets recent and emerging science on the subject, beginning with a discussion of climate change and its effect on habitat, and followed by eleven chapters that examine responses of bird types across all regions of the globe. The final four chapters address the evolutionary capacity of birds, and consider how best to shape conservation strategies to protect migratory species in coming decades.

The rate of climate change is faster now than at any other moment in recent geological history. How best to manage migratory birds to deal with this challenge is a major conservation issue, and Bird Migration and Global Change is a unique and timely contribution to the literature.


George W. Cox is Emeritus Professor of Biology at San Diego State University and a life-long student of birds and their migrations.




Part I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Bird Migration and Global Change: The Birds and the Issues

Part II. The Changing Environment

Chapter 2. Global Climate Change

Chapter 3. Global Climate Change and Alteration of Migratory Bird Habitats

Chapter 4. Other Global Change Threats to Migratory Bird Habitat

Part III. Ecological Responses of Migratory Birds to Global Change

Chapter 5. Physical and Biotic Challenges to Migratory Bird Responses

Chapter 6. Northern Hemisphere Land Birds: Short-distance Migrants

Chapter 7. High Latitude Land Birds: Nearctic-Neotropical Migrants

Chapter 8. High Latitude Species of Land Birds: Palearctic Long-distance Migrants

Chapter 9. Land Birds of the Temperate Southern Hemisphere

Chapter 10. Tropical Land Birds

Chapter 11. Raptors

Chapter 12. Shorebirds

Chapter 13. Waterfowl and Other Water Birds

Chapter 14. Oceanic Birds: Northern Atlantic, Baltic, and Mediterranean Regions

Chapter 15. Oceanic Birds: North Pacific

Chapter 16. Oceanic Birds: Southern Hemisphere

Part IV. Evolutionary Responses of Migratory Birds

Chapter 17. Land Birds: Evolutionary Adaptability

Chapter 18. Water Birds: Evolutionary Adaptability

Part V. Prospects

Chapter 19. Capacity for Adjustment by Migratory Birds

Chapter 20. Conservation in an Era of Global Change

Appendix 1. Common and scientific names of species discussed in the text.


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