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Winged Sentinels: Birds and Climate Change 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521126823
ISBN-10: 0521126827
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'With its absorbing style and generous complement of colour photography Winged Sentinels is accessible to a general readership while being scientifically thorough, and tells a story that is of great interest to all scientists and policy-makers involved. Book of the Year.' Natural History Book Service

"... a unique combination of knowledge and skills to the task of synthesizing the expansive collection of avian climate change studies. Together, the authors bring a dynamic and colorful writing style as well as scientific and intellectual rigor to a topic that, at times, could risk being purely academic. Winged Sentinels [should bestow] an important spot on the bookshelves of ornithologists or those who simply care about birds."
Morgan W. Tingley, Journal of Field Ornithology

"Generously illustrated with colour photographs, the book is a fascinating insight into what climate change means for birds, and the potential consequences of ignoring these warning signs."
The Guardian

"This book is a thorough up-to-date review of their [birds] responses to climate change. I can recommend it to those who are concerned about global biodiversity and whose interest in 'global warming' extends beyond just the atmosphere."
Norman Elkin, Weather

"The authors' methodical, thorough style and the depressing preponderance of bad news for birds, and for the people who study and enjoy them, mean that this book is not an uplifting experience. However, the cataloging of what is and is not known about climate change and birds will make this book a valuable resource for those who would attempt to avert disaster. Highly recommended."
J. L. Hunt, Choice

"... this is a useful consideration of changes in bird biology with climatic change and well-illustrated with good examples. It would suit an undergraduate audience or interested and well-informed amateur naturalists."
British Ecological Society

Book Description

From ice-dependent penguins of Antarctica to songbirds migrating across the Sahara, birds' responses provide early warning signs of the impact of climate change. Illustrated with colour photographs, the book is a fascinating insight into what climate change means for birds, and the potential consequences of ignoring these warning signs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521126827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521126823
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,881,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is kind of unique, as there are no other books out there addressing birds or mammals and climate change. The authors team up to present a readable text. One author is a freelance science writer.

The text mentions numerous habitats and species. There are few tables, most of the data is in the text. Pictures are in two sections in the middle and toward the back. It's taken me about half a year to get through it. Illustrations might have helped, as you have to imagine all the habitats from films and personal experience. Few of us have been to the Antarctic and the arctic is unfamiliar to many.

It's a good effort. You can continue your study based on your local area and local bird maps and bird counts. The change will be apparent to all in 20 years.
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