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Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation

Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren


During the past decade, the study of birds in urban systems has come to the forefront of ornithology. As a result, urban bird research is widespread and covers numerous topics, from population ecology through citizen science. Because of such growth and diversity, there was a great need to collect and synthesize a number of the concurrent streams of research on urban birds. This volume comprises twenty chapters from leaders in urban bird ecology and conservation that address classic questions, propose new directions, and fill in critical gaps in our knowledge. The authors report on findings fro ... More

Keywords: birds, cities, citizen science, ecology, people, urbanization

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273092
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher A. Lepczyk, editor

Paige S. Warren, editor

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Part One Mechanisms and Urban-Rural Gradients

Chapter Three From Forests to Cities: Effects of Urbanization on Tropical Birds

Ian MacGregor-Fors, Lorena Morales-Pérez, and Jorge E. Schondube

Chapter Four Does Nest Predation Shape Urban Bird Communities?

Christine M. Stracey, and Scott K. Robinson

Chapter Six Impacts of Seasonal Small-scale Urbanization on Nest Predation and Bird Assemblages at Tourist Destinations

Marja-Liisa Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki, Jukka Jokimäki, Esa Huhta, and Pirkko Siikamäki

Part Two Citizen Science and Demography of Urban Birds

Chapter Seven The Use of Citizen Volunteers in Urban Bird Research

Timothy L. Vargo, Owen D. Boyle, Christopher A. Lepczyk, William P. Mueller, and Sara E. Vondrachek

Chapter Eight Painted Bunting Conservation: Traditional Monitoring Meets Citizen Science

James A. Rotenberg, Laurel M. Barnhill, J. Michael Meyers, and Dean Demarest

Chapter Nine A New Approach to Urban Bird Monitoring: The Tucson Bird Count

Rachel E. McCaffrey, Will R. Turner, and Amanda J. Borens

Chapter Eleven Edges, Trails, and Reproductive Performance of Spotted Towhees in Urban Greenspaces

Sarah Bartos Smith, Jenny E. McKay, Jennifer K. Richardson, and Michael T. Murphy

Part Three Human-Avian Interactions and Planning

Chapter Fifteen Predicting Avian Community Responses to Increasing Urbanization

Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman, John M. Marzluff, and Marina Alberti

Chapter Sixteen Interactions between People and Birds in Urban Landscapes

Richard A. Fuller, Katherine N. Irvine, Zoe G. Davies, Paul R. Armsworth, and Kevin J. Gaston

Chapter Seventeen Who Feeds the Birds? A Comparison Across Regions

Christopher A. Lepczyk, Paige S. Warren, Louis Machabée, Ann P. Kinzig, and Angela G. Mertig

Part Four Future Directions