This is the first volume in a 4-volume set, which is the culmination of two decades of research and writing. For the first time, the natural history, migration patterns, habitat requirements, reproductive biology, and distribution of the province's birdlife are combined in one publication. This is a reprint of the original volume published in 1990 by the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Canadian Wildlife Service. No changes or updates in content have been made from the original edition.
These books will tell amateurs the secrets that until now only scientists have known. (It) will become, without question, the most authoritative, comprehensive book ever written about the birds of BC. It is more like a bible than a book.
To me birds have always been an indication of the state of the natural regions of our planet -- like the canary in the coal mine phenomenon. If more people paid attention to the detail of the state of our bird life, we would be much more likely to show wisdom and stewardship towards our environment. The work in this book provides an excellent benchmark which should contribute to the welfare of British Columbia.
Methods, Terms and Abbreviations
Checklist of B.C. Birds
Procellariidae: Fulmars and Shearwaters
Ardeidae: Bitterns and Herons
Anatidae: Swans, Geese, and Ducks
Casual, Accidental, Extirpated, and Extinct Birds
About the Authors
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