Raptors in Human Landscapes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121001308, 9780080547541

Raptors in Human Landscapes

1st Edition

Adaptation to Built and Cultivated Environments

Editors: David Bird Daniel Varland Juan Negro
eBook ISBN: 9780080547541
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th February 1996
Page Count: 396
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This book is a collection of papers highlighting ways in which Raptors have successfully adapted to man-made landscapes and structures. The coverage of Raptors in Human Landscapes is broad, ranging from the impact of human activity on country-wide scales to the particular conditions associated with urban, cultivated, and industrial landscapes, as well as to the various schemes specifically directed towards the provision of artificial nest sites and platforms. The cases described hail from a wide geographic range including North and South America, Europe, Africa and elsewhere, and from a broad spectrum of species groups such as the falcons, accipiters, eagles, kites, and many others. This is a book of immense value not only to ornithologists and conservation biologists, but also to engineers and managers involved in all kinds of building and environmental work in cities, power and water works, agriculture, and forestry.

Key Features

  • Serves as a good introduction to all aspects of the subject
  • Focuses on successful adaptations of Raptors to environmental change


Research biologists working on bird of prey biology and conservation worldwide, conservation and environmental management agencies, power and water distribution management companies, as well as environmental assessment and advisory consultants will find this text of interest.

Table of Contents

Raptors in Urban Landscapes:<$> T. Cade, M. Martell, P. Redig, G.A. Septon, and H.B. Tordoff,<$> Peregrine Falcons in Urban North America. D.A. Bell, D.P. Gregoire, and B.J. Walton,<$> Bridge Use by Peregrine Falcons in the San Francisco Bay Area. G.A. Septon and J.B. Marks,<$> Eggshell Thickness and Contaminant Analysis of Reintroduced, Urban Nesting Peregrine Falcons in Wisconsin. P.H. Bloom and M.D. McCrary,<$> The Urban Buteo: Red-Shouldered Hawks in SouthernCalifornia. R.N. Rosenfield, J. Bielefeldt, J.L. Affeldt, and D.J. Beckmann,<$> Urban Nesting Biology of Cooper's Hawks in Wisconsin. J.W. Parker,<$> Urban Ecology of the Mississippi Kite. J.L. Tella, F. Hiraldo, J.A. Donazar-Sancho, and J.J. Negro,<$> Costs and Benefits of Urban Nesting in the Lesser Kestrel. E.S. Botelho and P.C. Arrowood,<$> Nesting Success of Western Burrowing Owls in Natural and Human-Altered Environments. F.R. Gehlbach,<$> Eastern Screech-Owls in Suburbia: A Model ofRaptor Urbanization. Raptors and Artificial Nest Structures:<$> W.E. Stout, R.K. Anderson, and J.M. Papp,<$> Red-Tailed Hawks Nesting on Man-Made and Natural Structures in Southeast Wisconsin. R. Blue,<$> Documentation of Raptor Nests on Electric Utility Facilities through a Mail Survey. C.J. Henny and J.L. Kaiser,<$> Osprey Population Increase along the Willamette River, Oregon, and the Role of Utility Structures, 1976–1993. P.J. Ewins,<$> The Use of Artificial Nest-Sites by an Increasing Population of Ospreys in the Canadian Great Lakes Basin. B.-U. Meyburg, O. Manowsky, and C. Meyburg,<$> The Osprey in Germany: Its Adaptation to Environments Altered by Man. J.R. Tigner, M.W. Call, and M. Kochert,<$> Effectiveness of Artificial Nesting Structures for Ferruginous Hawks in Wyoming. G.A. Septon, J. Bielefeldt, T. Ellestad, J.B. Marks, and R.N. Rosenfield,<$> Peregrine Falcons: Power Plant Nest Structures and Shoreline Movements. M.J. Bechard and J.M. Bechard,<$> Competitionfor Nest Boxes Between American Kestrels and European Starlings in an Agricultural Area of Southern Idaho. Raptors in Cultivated Landscapes:<$> A.L. Erichsen, S.K. Smallwood, A.M. Commandatore, B.W. Wilson, and M.D. Fry,<$> White-tailed Kite Movement and Nesting Patterns in an Agricultural Landscape. S.K. Smallwood, B.J. Nakamoto, and S. Geng,<$> Association Analysis of Raptors in a Farming Landscape. I. Newton,<$> Sparrowhawks in Conifer Plantations. S.J. Petty,<$> Adaptations of Raptorsto Man-Made Spruce Forests in the Uplands of Britain. S.P. Horton,<$> Spotted Owls in Managed Forests of Western Oregon and Washington. R.E. Kenward,<$> Goshawk Adaptation to Deforestation: Does Europe Differ from North America? J.-M. Thiollay,<$> Rain Forest Raptor Communties in Sumatra: The Conservation Value of Traditional Agroforests. E. Alvarez, D.H. Ellis, D.G. Smith, and C.T. Larue,<$> Diurnal Raptors in the Fragmented Rain Forest of the Sierra Imataca, Venezuela. N.J. Mooney and R.J. Taylor,<$> Value of Nest Site Protection in Ameliorating the Effects of Forestry Operations on Wedge-Tailed Eagles in Tasmania. Raptors in Industrial Landscapes:<$> A.L. Bryan Jr., T.M. Murphy, K.L. Bildstein, I.L. Brishin, Jr., and J.J. Mayer,<$>Use of Reservoirs and Other Artificial Impoundments by Bald Eagles in South Carolina. R.D. Brown,<$> Attractions of Bald Eagles to Habitats just Below Dams in Piedmont North and South Carolina. R.W. Rohrbaugh, Jr., and R.H. Yahner,<$> Reclaimed Surface Mines: An Important Nesting Habitat for Northern Harriers in Pennsylvania. S.M. Satheeson,<$> Raptors Associated with Airports and Aircraft. Raptors at Large:<$> D.C. Houston,<$> The Effects of Altered Environments on Vultures. R.R. Hartley, K. Hustler, and P.J. Mundy,<$> The Impact of Man on Raptors in Zimbabwe. R. Rodriguez-Estrella,<$> Response of Common Black Hawks and Crested Caracaras to Human Activities in Mexico. C.R. Preston and R.D. Beane,<$> Occurrence and Distribution ofDiurnal Raptors in Relation to Human Activity and Other Factors at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado. Appendix: List of Species. Index.


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About the Editor

David Bird

Affiliations and Expertise

Avian Science and Conservation Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Daniel Varland

Affiliations and Expertise

Northwest Forest Resources, Rayonier, Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Juan Negro

Affiliations and Expertise

Estacion Biologica de Donana, Sevilla, Spain


"This timely book relays the realistically positive message that raptors and man can safely co-exist, even in the most intensively modified of urban and cultivated landscapes. This timely volume will provide an extremely valuableguide not only to interested ornithologists and DIY birdwatchers but to biologists and conservation bodies and to engineers and managers in towns and cities, whether parkland, electrical, water quality authorities, farmers, or foresters." --IBIS

"The papers presented in this volume provide encouraging evidence that not all raptors are wilderness species that disappear in human-altered landscapes. In fact, this book provides data suggesting that at least 30 raptor species worldwide are resilient to human alterations, and a subset of this group may actually benefit from those altered environments." --THE CONDOR (1999)

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