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Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Grouse (Studies in Avian Biology #39)

Brett K. Sandercock (Editor), Kathy Martin (Editor), Gernot Segelbacher (Editor)


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Grouse—an ecologically important group of birds that include capercaillie, prairie chickens, and ptarmigan—are distributed throughout the forests, grasslands, and tundra of Europe, Asia, and North America. Today, many grouse populations are in decline, and the conservation and management of these charismatic birds is becoming a global concern. This volume summarizes current knowledge of grouse biology in 25 chapters contributed by 80 researchers from field studies around the world. Organized in four sections—Spatial Ecology, Habitat Relationships, Population Biology, and Conservation and Management—the chapters offer important insights into spatial requirements, movements, and demography of grouse. Much of the research employs emerging tools in ecology that span biogeochemistry, molecular genetics, endocrinology, radio-telemetry, and remote sensing. The chapters explore topics including the impacts of climate change, energy development, and harvest, and give new evidence for life-history changes in response to human activities.

Praise For Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Grouse (Studies in Avian Biology #39)

"As this volume demonstrates, grouse remain ideal research subjects to explore a wide variety of topics important to ornithologists.”

— Wilson Journal Of Ornithology

“[This] new volume summarizes current knowledge of grouse biology from field studies around the world.”

— Environment Canada

“Full of the detail.”

— G. R. Potts

University of California Press, 9780520270060, 376pp.

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

About the Author

Brett K. Sandercock is Associate Professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. Kathy Martin is Professor in the Department of Forest Sciences and Director of the Centre for Alpine Studies at the University of British Columbia. Gernot Segelbacher is Lecturer at the University of Freiburg in Germany.