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Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation$
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Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273092

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273092.001.0001

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Beyond the Gradient: Insights from New Work in the Avian Ecology of Urbanizing Lands

Beyond the Gradient: Insights from New Work in the Avian Ecology of Urbanizing Lands

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(p.1) Chapter One Beyond the Gradient: Insights from New Work in the Avian Ecology of Urbanizing Lands
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Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation
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Paige S. Warren

Christopher A. Lepczyk

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273092.003.0001

People like birds and, increasingly, people live with birds. Science is increasingly needed in support of effective species conservation and environmental stewardship in the places where people live, travel, and work. Until recently, most studies of urban birds have been descriptive, focusing on community patterns over gradients of urbanization. While this is informative, many new approaches toward understanding urban bird populations and communities have emerged over the past decade. These include more mechanistic ecological studies, demographic studies, new models of citizen-science research, and a variety of approaches to addressing interactions between birds and people. These new developments are helping to redefine a vibrant field of urban bird ecology with greater capacity to inform conservation and management of birds.

Keywords:   bird community, citizen science, evolution, urban-rural gradient

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