The volumes in the Birds of Ontario series summarize life history requirements of bird species that are normally part of the ecology of Ontario. This is the second volume in the series and completes the treatment of the nonpasserine bird species occurring in Ontario on a regular basis. Information on habitat, limiting factors, and status is summarized for 83 species in this volume. These topics are covered for the three primary avian seasons: breeding, migration, and winter. Habitat, nest sites, territoriality, site fidelity, annual reproductive effort, habitat loss and degradation, environmental contaminants, and a variety of other topics are covered in the species accounts. Maps depicting breeding and wintering range are presented for most species along with drawings by Ross James.
Literature on the life history of birds is abundant and knowledge continues to grow. But there are few reference works that compile this information so it is readily available without conducting extensive literature searches. Birds of Ontario is an essential reference source for wildlife biologists, environmental consultants, and planners preparing or reviewing environmental impact statements and environmental assessments. Serious birders will find the volumes of interest as well. Although the books focus on Ontario birds, the information is highly relevant to adjacent provinces and states.
This is an essential reference for wildlife biologists, environmental consultants, planners, and serious birders not only in Ontario but also in adjacent provinces and states in Canada and the US.
Praise for the first volume: Without a doubt, this volume will be a valuable resource that summarizes current and past scientific literature on habitat requirements, limiting factors, status, migration, and seasonal issues at a level of rigor and detail much higher than that found in most field identification guides ... Knowledge of bird ecology is becoming increasingly important to resource managers, and for this reason alone this book is very timely.
Without a doubt, this volume will be a valuable resource that summarizes current and past scientific literature on habitat requirements, limiting factors, status, migration, and seasonal issues at a level of rigor and detail much higher than that found in most field identification guides ... Knowledge of bird ecology is becoming increasingly important to resource managers, and for this reason alone this book is very timely.
Praise for the first volume: Sandilands has done a very thorough job of researching information ... A tremendous amount of material is summarized in the species accounts, and it is presented in a well-written style. I strongly recommend this book and future volumes in the series.
Al Sandilands is an environmental consultant employed by his own firm, Gray Owl Environmental Inc. His formal learning focused on fisheries and aquatic entomology but, through his long-time interest in birds, he evolved into a wildlife biologist.
Ross James, an ornithologist by profession, has pursued bird illustration for more than forty years. He grew up in and currently resides in rural Ontario where daily contact with the natural world continues to inspire his interest in art and illustration.
Al Sandilands is an environmental consultant employed by his own firm, Gray Owl Environmental Inc.
Scope and Sources of Information
Format of the Species Accounts
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Index to Common and Scientific Bird Names
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