9780520235939

Birds of the Salton Sea

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  • ISBN13:

    9780520235939

  • ISBN10:

    0520235932

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-07-01
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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Summary

The Salton Sea, California's largest inland lake, supports a spectacular bird population that is among the most concentrated and most diverse in the world. Sadly, this crucial stopover along the Pacific Flyway for migratory and wintering shorebirds, landbirds, and waterfowl is dangerously close to collapse from several environmental threats. This book is the first thoroughly detailed book to describe the birds of Salton Sea, more than 450 species and subspecies in all. A major contribution to our knowledge about the birds of western North America, it will also be an important tool in the struggle to save this highly endangered area. Synthesizing data from many sources, including observations from their long-term work in the area, the authors' species accounts discuss each bird's abundance, seasonal status, movement patterns, biogeographic affinities, habitat associations, and more. This valuable reference also includes general information on the region's fascinating history and biogeography, making it an unparalleled resource for the birding community, for wildlife managers, and for conservation biologists concerned with one of the most threatened ecosystems in western North America.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
A HISTORY OF THE SALTON SINK 1(6)
Lake Cahuilla
2(2)
Formation of the Salton Sea
4(3)
CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES 7(5)
Current Threats
8(1)
Proposed Solutions
9(3)
BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE SALTON SEA 12(21)
The Fauna of Lake Cahuilla
12(1)
Current Conditions
13(2)
The Salton Sea and the Gulf of California
15(3)
Vegetation and Habitat
18(8)
The Avifauna
26(7)
A CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF THE SALTON SEA 33(35)
The Primary Checklist
33(1)
The Next Twenty
33(35)
THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS 68(255)
The Geographic Region
68(1)
Data Collection
69(1)
Taxonomy and Nomenclature
70(1)
Subspecies
71(1)
The Main List
72(244)
Nonnative Species
316(1)
Hypothetical List
317(6)
Appendix: Common and Scientific Names of Plant Species Mentioned in the Text 323(2)
Literature Cited 325(24)
Index 349

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