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Birdlife of Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast
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In the last thirty years, the Upper Texas Coast has become a “must go” destination for birders around the globe. This book will serve as an essential companion to the customary field guide and pair of binoculars for all visitors to Houston, High Island, Galveston, Freeport, or any of the area’s other exciting birding spots. It also places the birdlife of the region, a seven-county area with a larger bird list than forty-three states, into historical and ecological contexts. Authors Eubanks, Behrstock, and Weeks—all recognized authorities on the migrant and resident birds of this region—present a thorough introduction to the area’s history, physiography, and avifauna. Then, in generous discussions of bird families and species, they synthesize years of records, tracking the comings and goings of more than 480 birds and incorporating their own lifetimes of experience to create an “ornithological mosaic” of lasting significance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. History
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Geology, Climate, and Habitats
  2. pp. 4-15
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  1. Diversity
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Nesting and Migration
  2. pp. 18-27
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  1. Exotic and Detrimental Species
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Hazards for Birds
  2. pp. 29-31
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  1. Format of the Species Accounts
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Abbreviations Used in the Text [Contains Color Plates]
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. Species Accounts
  2. pp. 35-268
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  1. Appendix 1. Birding and Environmental Organizations on the Upper Texas Coast
  2. pp. 269-269
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  1. Appendix 2. Plants Mentioned in the Text
  2. pp. 270-272
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 273-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-287
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