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Birds of the wetlands
Hancock, James.
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Publication Information:
London : Academic Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 176 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Col. maps on lining papers.
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QL673 .H26 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Beautifully illustrated throughout in colour from the author's own collection of photographs, this spectacular book is the work of one of the world's most-travelled authorities on wetland birds. The beauty of the bird life is set against telling explanations of how wetland habitats work and of their place in the international conservation scene. Still a haven for huge breeding populations of herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills, anhingas, cormorants, wildfowl, waders, and birds of prey, wetlands are some of the world's last and best wild places. Features: * Contains a superb collection of bird photographs * Describes some of the world's most important wetland habitats * Considers the important questions of conservation in these increasingly threatened environments

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Hancock has written many books and articles on wetland birds during his 50 years of work with wildlife conservation projects. He has worked throughout the world, and as an officer in several international ornithological societies he has made fervent pleas for the preservation of threatened wetlands. In this book he reflects on the flora and fauna from a selected dozen of the most splendid wetland ecosystems on our planet, sharing his lifelong love of these great natural places. Included are the famous Florida Everglades, the Tana River of Kenya, India's Bharatpur, the Shinhama Reserve in Japan, and the Coto Do^D nana of Spain. Each chapter's essay gives focus to the specific wetland and its wildlife, especially the birds of aquatic habitats. The author reviews regional conservation problems such as agricultural encroachment, land development, waterway pollution, and the overuse of water resources with human population growth. Hancock's practical conservation advice is both scientific and sentimental. The natural beauty of the wetland birds and their environments are displayed throughout with more than 200 fine color photographs taken by the author. General readers; undergraduates. C. Leck Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Table of Contents

ForewordJ.A. Kushland
North America: The Florida Everglades
South America: Northern Argentina
Africa: The Tana River, Kenya
India: Bharatpur
India: Gujerat
India: Along the Brahmaputra River
China: The Zhalong Reserve, Heilanchiang Province
Japan: The Shinhama Reserve, Chiba, Tokyo
Indonesia: Pulau Dua
Australia: Darwin and the South Alligator River
Spain: The Coto Danana, Spain
Iceland: Lake Myvatn
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