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Temperature and other climate variables are currently changing at a dramatic rate. Birds are excellent model organisms, with a very active metabolism, they are highly sensitive to environmental changes and as highly mobile creatures they are also extremely reactive. This book discusses our current knowledge of observed changes and provides guidelines for studies in the years to come so we can document and understand how patterns of changing weather conditions may affect birds. The various chapters are written by leading experts in these fields and enlighten a broad range of aspects in bird ecology.
Professional ornithologists, conservation biologists, researchers and students in bird ecology. Anyone with interest in bird biology.
Introduction Arrival and departure dates Migrators fuelling and global climate change Using large scale data from ringed birds for the investigation of effects of climate change on migrating birds: pitfalls and prospects Breeding dates and reproductive performance Global climate change leads to mistimed avian reproduction Analysis and interpretation of long-term studies investigating responses to climate change Photoperiodic response and the adaptability of avian life cycles to environmental change Microevolutionary response to climatic change Climate influences on avian population dynamics Importance of climatic change for the ranges, communities and conservation of birds The challenge of future research on climate change and avian biology