The Great Blue Heron

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr
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In this beautifully illustrated book, Robert W. Butler shares his experiences following great blue heron colonies for a full year and sheds light on many of the mysteries surrounding this magnificent bird. Drawing on more than a decade of research, this book is the most comprehensive examination of the heron's ecology and natural history to date.
This book also carries a warning. In recent years, the heron has had to face new challenges as rapid urbanization in BC's lower Fraser Valley threatens its habitat. This has immense significance, not only for the herons and other animal and marine life that live or migrate through the Fraser River delta and the Strait of Georgia, but for humans as well. Butler argues persuasively that stewardship of the heron and conservation of its environment would go a long way toward ensuring the conservation of much of our own quality of life.

Author Biography

Robert W. Butler is a research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. viii
Forewordp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: The Seashore Sentinelp. 3
The Northwest Coast Great Blue Heronp. 5
The Coastal Realm of the Great Blue Heronp. 16
Foraging, Food, and Dietp. 49
Social and Territorial Behaviourp. 60
Breeding Seasonp. 71
Choosing Where to Livep. 98
Life History Traits and Population Dynamicsp. 110
Conservation of Herons and the Strait of Georgia Ecosystemp. 121
Epiloguep. 135
Historical Records of Great Blue Heron Colonies on the British Columbia Coastp. 138
Length-Mass Regression Equations of Fish Caught in Beach Seines on Roberts Bank, Fraser River Delta, BCp. 152
Effect of Increased Disturbance on Heron Populationsp. 153
List of Common and Scientific Names Used in Textp. 154
Referencesp. 155
Indexp. 163
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