Ian Newton Population Limitation in Birds

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Population Limitation in Birds

 
9780123884824: Population Limitation in Birds

This book meets the demand for a comprehensive introduction to understanding the processes of population limitation. Recognized world-wide as a respected biologist and communicator, Dr. Ian Newton has now written a clear and detailed treatise on local scale population limiting factors in birds. It is based almost entirely on results from field studies, though it is set in a contemporary theoretical framework. The 16 chapters fall under three major section headings: Behavior and Density Regulation; Natural Limiting Factors; and Human Impacts. Population Limitation in Birds serves as a needed resource expanding on Dr. David Lacks research in this area of ornithology in the 1950s. It includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie.

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This book is about the various factors that influence the population levels of wild birds, explaining why bird numbers vary in the way they do, from year to year or from place to place. It describes the role of territorial and other behaviours in influencing local densities, as well as the role of food-supplies, nest-sites, predation, disease and competition in limiting overall population levels. The many human impacts on bird populations, including those resulting from habitat destruction and fragmentation, pollution and pesticide use, and hunting are also discussed. The final chapter deals with the problems of extinction, highlighting the various factors involved.
The book is mainly based on the findings of a host of field studies, interpreted in the light of contemporary ecological theory. Thus it provides a fresh and informed synthesis of a mass of scattered information from around the world, presenting it in a clear and coherent manner. No other book gives such an up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of this important subject.
Despite the breadth and complexities of the area, the book is written in clear and simple language. It should therefore be of value not only to the research worker and student, but also to those concerned with the practical management of bird populations (whether for hunting, crop protection or conservation), as well as to those interested in bird-watching as a hobby.

About the Author:

Dr. Ian Newton is respected world-wide both as a biologist with a special interest and expertise in this subject and as a communicator. He is a seasoned and popular key note speaker at National and International meetings, and his talks are often the high point of conferences. Ian Newton was born and raised in north Derbyshire. He attended Chesterfield Boys Grammar School, followed by the universities of Bristol and Oxford. He has been interested in birds since boyhood, and as a teenager developed a particular fascination with finches, which later led to doctoral and post-doctoral studies on these birds. Later in life he became known fore his penetrating field studies of bird populations, notably on raptors. He is now a senior ecologist with the Natural Environment Research Council, and visiting professor of ornithology at the University of Oxford. Most of his research has been in Scotland, but he has also spent a sabbatical year with the Canadian Wildlife Service, studying waterfowl, and is a frequent visitor to research groups in the United States and elsewhere. He has published more than 200 scientific papers on birds, and several books, including Finches (1972), Population Ecology of Raptors (1979), The Sparrowhawk (1986), and Lifetime Reproduction in Birds (edited, 1989). He has served as President of the British Ecological Society, Vice-president of the British Ornithologists' Union, and is honorary member of the American Ornithologists' Union. He has received several prestigious awards for research and conservation, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1993. He is married, and has two sons and a daughter.

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