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 biggest inland lake, helps a stunning chicken inhabitants that's one of the so much focused and so much assorted on the planet. unfortunately, this significant stopover alongside the Pacific Flyway for migratory and wintering shorebirds, landbirds, and waterfowl is dangerously just about cave in from a number of environmental threats. This e-book is the 1st completely precise publication to explain the birds of Salton Sea, greater than 450 species and subspecies in all. an incredible contribution to our wisdom in regards to the birds of western North the United States, it is going to even be a huge device 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 region, the authors' species money owed talk about each one bird's abundance, seasonal prestige, circulation styles, biogeographic affinities, habitat institutions, and extra. This necessary reference additionally contains basic info at the region's attention-grabbing background and biogeography, making it an extraordinary source for the birding neighborhood, for flora and fauna managers, and for conservation biologists interested by the most threatened ecosystems in western North the US.

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A principal difference is the sheer magnitude of breeding waterbirds in the Salton Sink, where many species have their largest population in the interior Southwest (Patten and McCaskie 2003). The relative compositions of the avifaunas differ, yet both regions share many breeding species. Notable absentees from the Colorado River region are the Cattle Egret, which nests in the Salton Sink in the tens of thousands, and the White-faced Ibis, a regular but less numerous breeder. Chief among breeding waterbirds in the Salton Sink are the Double-crested Cormorant and various species of herons and egrets, each with thousands of pairs nesting annually.

2000). The Burrowing Owl joins the Barn and Great Horned Owls as the only regularly encountered owls in the region, although a small breeding population of Western Screech-Owls persists locally in the valleys. A scarce but annual species is the Shorteared Owl, a small population of which winters in the Imperial Valley. All three valleys support substantial populations of the American Kestrel and the Loggerhead Shrike, with both species being fairly common to common breeders (and common winter visitors) throughout the agricultural portions of the Salton Sink.

Schlotte and Philip Unitt. FIGURE 16. Stands of mesquite, formerly common in the Salton Sink but now occurring only in isolated patches, are important for many nesting and foraging landbirds, including the Crissal Thrasher and the Phainopepla. Photograph by Jack W. Schlotte and Philip Unitt. Coachella Valley supports numerous vineyards and Date Palm and citrus orchards. , the Common Ground-Dove and the Lark Sparrow). Orchards are less common in the Imperial and Mexicali Valleys (especially in the former) but nonetheless provide habitat for birds in the region.

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