Birds of the Salton Sea: Status, Biogeography, and Ecology by Michæl A. Patten, Guy McCaskie, Philip Unitt

By Michæl A. Patten, Guy McCaskie, Philip Unitt

The Salton Sea, California's greatest inland lake, helps a magnificent chicken inhabitants that's one of the so much focused and such a lot various on the earth. unfortunately, this significant stopover alongside the Pacific Flyway for migratory and wintering shorebirds, landbirds, and waterfowl is dangerously with regards to cave in from a number of environmental threats. This e-book is the 1st completely specific publication to explain the birds of Salton Sea, greater than 450 species and subspecies in all. an immense contribution to our wisdom in regards to the birds of western North the USA, it is going to even be a huge instrument within the fight to avoid wasting this hugely endangered quarter. Synthesizing information from many assets, together with observations from their long term paintings within the zone, the authors' species money owed speak about every one bird's abundance, seasonal prestige, circulation styles, biogeographic affinities, habitat institutions, and extra. This beneficial reference additionally contains common info at the region's interesting heritage and biogeography, making it an extraordinary source for the birding group, for natural world managers, and for conservation biologists occupied with the most threatened ecosystems in western North the United States.

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Breakwaters, jetties, marinas, pilings, and embankments offer roosting and foraging opportunities to pelicans, shorebirds, and larids. Some even provide nest sites for tern colonies. Shallow impoundments of fresh or brackish water that border the sea along Morton Bay, near Oasis, and at various other locales provide abundant foraging habitat for shorebirds (Fig. 18; Shuford et al. 2002, 2003; Warnock et al. 2003). Foraging herons and ibises heavily use similar ponds with slightly deeper water and a marshy fringe.

Photograph by Jack W. Schlotte and Philip Unitt. FIGURE 12. Riparian forest dominated by Saltcedar (foreground), Fremont Cottonwood, and Goodding’s Black Willow near Brawley. Such mesic habitats are crucial for breeding species like the Yellow-breasted Chat, the Blue Grosbeak, and the Song Sparrow. Photograph by Jack W. Schlotte and Philip Unitt. FIGURE 13. Halophytic scrub dominated by Iodine Bush growing along the edge of Obsidian Butte. The Large-billed Savannah Sparrow favors such habitats at the south end of the Salton Sea.

Collaris, from the coast—but the general pattern holds. On a different but somewhat related level, for species with southwestern and northwestern subspecies (rather than Pacific Coast and interior West subspecies) the southwestern subspecies is not always the one that occurs most often in the Salton Sink. In the case of the Willow Flycatcher, for example, Empidonax traillai brewsteri, of the Pacific Northwest and central California, is a common migrant, but E. t. extimus, of the Southwest, has been recorded but once.

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