Birds and Climate Change, Volume 35

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123916273
eBook ISBN: 9780080471921
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 13th November 2004
Page Count: 276
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Temperature and other climate variables are currently changing at a dramatic rate. As observations have shown, these climatic changes have serious consequences for all organisms and their ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Birds are excellent model organisms, with a very active metabolism, they are highly sensitive to environmental changes and as highly mobile creatures they are also extremely reactive. Birds and Climate Change discusses our current knowledge of observed changes and provides guidelines for studies in the years to come so we can document and understand how patterns of changing weather conditions may affect birds.

Key Features

  • Provides reviews of long-term datasets
  • Incorporates meta-analyses of studies about climate change effects on birds
  • Includes guidelines and suggestions for further studies


Scientists and academicians studying ecology, evolution, plant biology, physiology, the environment, population biology, and entomology.

Table of Contents

Introduction Arrival and departure dates Migrators fuelling and global climate change Using large scale data from ringed birds for the investigation of effects of climate change on migrating birds: pitfalls and prospects Breeding dates and reproductive performance Global climate change leads to mistimed avian reproduction Analysis and interpretation of long-term studies investigating responses to climate change Photoperiodic response and the adaptability of avian life cycles to environmental change Microevolutionary response to climatic change Climate influences on avian population dynamics Importance of climatic change for the ranges, communities and conservation of birds The challenge of future research on climate change and avian biology


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"...a valuable reference for ornithologists, for those interested in specific biotic effects of climate change, and for those looking for a portal to data sets amenable to building predictive climate-effect models." - Jason Jones, Vassar College, for ECOLOGY "One of the strengths of this book is the breadth of topics covered in a relatively short volume...Chapters on timing of migration and the energetics of migration are at their strongest when discussing the specifics of avian ecology...The editors provide a broad range of questions that will interest academic avian biologists...Birds and Climate Change is at its best in helping scientists take advantage of a 'unique opportunity to study the adaptation of organisms to their changing environments'. Those seeking to understand and perhaps limit the impacts of human-caused environmental change on birds and other organisms can certainly benefit from the insight presented here." -John P. McCarty, Department of Biology, University of Nebraska in THE CONDOR