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Winged Sentinels
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Details

  • Page extent: 296 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.44 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 598.172
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QL698.95 .W67 2011
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Birds--Climatic factors
    • Climatic changes
    • Birds--Ecology
    • Environmental indicators
    • Indicators (Biology)

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521126823)

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$58.95 (G)

'The ability of the birds to show us the consequences of our own actions is among their most important and least appreciated attributes. Despite the free advice of the birds, we do not pay attention', said Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. From ice-dependent penguins of Antarctica to songbirds that migrate across the Sahara, birds' responses provide early warning signs of the impact of climate change. Winged Sentinels: Birds and Climate Change uses colourful examples to show how particular groups of birds face heightened threats from climate change and to explore how we can help birds adapt in a warming world. Generously illustrated with colour photographs, the book is a fascinating insight into what climate change means for birds, and the potential consequences of ignoring these warning signs.

Contents

1. Phenology: seasonal timing and mismatch; 2. Migratory birds face climate turbulence; 3. Range shifts and reshuffled communities; 4. Seabirds herald ocean changes; 5. Climate change, abundance and extinction; 6. Tropical warming and habitat islands; 7. Shifting ground on conversation.

Prize Winner

One of NHBS Books of the Year 2011

Reviews

"… a unique combination of knowledge and skills to the task of synthesizing the expansive collection of avian climate change studies. Together, the authors bring a dynamic and colorful writing style as well as scientific and intellectual rigor to a topic that, at times, could risk being purely academic. Winged Sentinels [should bestow] an important spot on the bookshelves of ornithologists or those who simply care about birds."
Morgan W. Tingley, Journal of Field Ornithology

"Generously illustrated with colour photographs, the book is a fascinating insight into what climate change means for birds, and the potential consequences of ignoring these warning signs."
The Guardian

"This book is a thorough up-to-date review of their [birds] responses to climate change. I can recommend it to those who are concerned about global biodiversity and whose interest in 'global warming' extends beyond just the atmosphere."
Norman Elkin, Weather

"The authors' methodical, thorough style and the depressing preponderance of bad news for birds, and for the people who study and enjoy them, mean that this book is not an uplifting experience. However, the cataloging of what is and is not known about climate change and birds will make this book a valuable resource for those who would attempt to avert disaster. Highly recommended."
J. L. Hunt, Choice

"… this is a useful consideration of changes in bird biology with climatic change and well-illustrated with good examples. It would suit an undergraduate audience or interested and well-informed amateur naturalists."
British Ecological Society

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