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by John Rappole

The purpose of migration, regardless of the distance involved, is to exploit two or more environments suitable for survival or reproduction over time, usually on a seasonal basis. Yet individual organisms can practice the phenomenon differently, and birds deploy unique patterns of movement over particular segments of time. Incorporating the latest research on bird migration, this concise, critical assessment offers contemporary readers a firm grasp of what defines an avian migrant, how the organism came to be, what is known about its behavior, and how we can resolve its enduring mysteries.John H. Rappole's sophisticated survey of field data clarifies key ecological, biological, physiological, navigational, and evolutionary concerns. He begins with the very first migrants, who traded a home environment of greater stability for one of greater seasonality, and uses the structure of the annual cycle to examine the difference between migratory birds and their resident counterparts. He ultimately connects these differences to evolutionary milestones that have shaped a migrant lifestyle through natural selection. Rather than catalogue and describe various aspects of bird migration, Rappole considers how the avian migrant fits within a larger ecological frame, enabling a richer understanding of the phenomenon and its critical role in sustaining a hospitable and productive environment. Rappole concludes with a focus on population biology and conservation across time periods, considering the link between bird migration and the spread of disease among birds and humans, and the effects of global warming on migrant breeding ranges, reaction norms, and macroecology.
Download The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration epub
ISBN: 0231146787
ISBN13: 978-0231146784
Category: Science
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
Author: John Rappole
Language: English
Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 11, 2013)
Pages: 464 pages
ePUB size: 1162 kb
FB2 size: 1305 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 122
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I received this book as a gift and am extremely thankful to have it. Migration is one of the most fascinating aspects of birds, and this author has apparently spent a lifetime researching the subject, so the depth and breadth of knowledge shared here is extraordinary. You'll also appreciate the clarity and tone of his writing, something not all scientific writers get right. This is a trustworthy, comprehensive reference that is an absolute pleasure to read. Highly recommend--if you're buying this as a gift for someone and you love birds, too, you should order two, because it will be hard to part with this.
It is a very scholarly work, not an afternoon read at the beach. However, the range of information and very methodical presentation makes it a must for the library of a serious student of bird biology.
Rappole has covers loads of great topics and writes in a way that both explains the concepts and is easy to read.