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Birds of the Salton Sea

Status, Biogeography, and Ecology

Michael Patten

Publication Year: 2003

The Salton Sea, California’s largest inland lake, supports a spectacular bird population that is among the most concentrated and most diverse in the world. Sadly, this crucial stopover along the Pacific Flyway for migratory and wintering shorebirds, landbirds, and waterfowl is dangerously close to collapse from several environmental threats. This book is the first thoroughly detailed book to describe the birds of Salton Sea, more than 450 species and subspecies in all. A major contribution to our knowledge about the birds of western North America, it will also be an important tool in the struggle to save this highly endangered area.

Synthesizing data from many sources, including observations from their long-term work in the area, the authors’ species accounts discuss each bird’s abundance, seasonal status, movement patterns, biogeographic affinities, habitat associations, and more. This valuable reference also includes general information on the region’s fascinating history and biogeography, making it an unparalleled resource for the birding community, for wildlife managers, and for conservation biologists concerned with one of the most threatened ecosystems in western North America.

Published by: University of California Press

COVER

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

CONTENTS

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pp. v-7

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FOREWORD

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pp. vii-viii

Anybody who has been to California's Salton Sea will have lasting memories, and perhaps a recurring nightmare or two. The sea assaults one's senses with a potpourri of richly organic odors, eye-popping sunsets, the biting cold of a winter morning, or the sauna ambience of a summer...

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PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. ix-xi

The Salton Sea evokes myriad images, many in stark contradiction. It is at once unbearably hot, foul of odor, and seemingly uninhabitable, yet it is a haven to one of the largest populations of waterbirds in western North America. Indeed,...

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A HISTORY OF THE SALTON SINK

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pp. 1-6

WE BEGIN THE STORY of the Salton Sea with the Salton Trough, the rift extending from the Coachella Valley to the central Gulf of California. The Salton Sink, which lies between the southern Coachella Valley and the northern Mexicali Valley, occupies but a small portion of the trough, but the histories of the two are intertwined....

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CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES

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pp. 7-11

IN THE 1940s AND 1950s the Salton Sea attracted tourists and fun-seekers from nearby metropolitan areas. The sea became so popular that the Salton Sea State Recreation Area was developed along the northeastern shoreline. After the introduction of marine fishes the sea also...

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BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE SALTON SEA

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pp. 12-32

BIOCEOCRAPHY ENCOMPASSES knowledge and inferences of both past and present. It is challenging to deduce how present conditions affect dlstributions and abundances of a suite of organisms, to say nothing of how...

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A CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF THE SALTON SEA

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pp. 33-67

TABLE 3 LISTS all species and subspecies reliably recorded in the Salton Sink. In the few cases in which a subspecific designation could not be made (because a specimen is lacking) or the subspecies is only presumed on the basis of its migratory...

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THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS

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pp. 68-322

IN THIS SECTION we present detailed accounts for all the species for which there are reliable records in the Salton Sink. After describing the broad status of each avian order or family, we detail the occurrence of each component species. We head each account with the species'...

APPENDIX: COMMON AND SCIENTIFIC NAMES OF PLANT SPECIES MENTIONED IN THE TEXT

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pp. 323-324

LITERATURE CITED

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pp. 325-347

INDEX

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pp. 349-363

Production Notes, Back Cover

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pp. 364-379


E-ISBN-13: 9780520929449
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520235939

Page Count: 374
Publication Year: 2003