9780231146784-0231146787-The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration

The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration

ISBN-13: 9780231146784
ISBN-10: 0231146787
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Rappole, John
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Hardcover 464 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780231146784
ISBN-10: 0231146787
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Rappole, John
Publication date: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Hardcover 464 pages

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Acknowledged authors Rappole, John wrote The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration comprising 464 pages back in 2013. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0231146787 and 9780231146784. Since then The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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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.

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