Here, we’re treating basically the species who are so important to Southeast ecology, trophics, and culture that we’d feel negligent not bestowing a page or two.  There’s little I [Richard Carstensen] could contribute in the world of Southeast avifauna that my buddy Bob Armstrong hasn’t done better. For birds, and for that matter almost all things taxonomic (amphibians, birds, fish, plants, fungi, insects, other inverts, lichens, fungi, mammals), go to Bob’s fantastic website.

An older take on relationships among the class Aves, based upon Welty & Babtista’s Life of Birds (1988).  Every year, genetic findings force revisions to this tree. Those interested in finer details of avian taxonomy should consult more recent charts. For example, loons and grebes are no longer so closely branched. And waterfowl aren’t considered so close to herons.

An older take on relationships among the class Aves, based upon Welty & Babtista’s Life of Birds (1988). Every year, genetic findings force revisions to this tree. Those interested in finer details of avian taxonomy should consult more recent charts. For example, loons and grebes are no longer so closely branched. And waterfowl aren’t considered so close to herons.

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Common Birds of Southeast Alaska

$9.00

Grab a pair of binoculars and head outside with this pocket Discovery Guide. With hand drawn illustrations, this guide clearly identifies most of the birds you’re apt to see in Southeast, from the belted kingfisher to the marbled murrelet.  And it’s laminated, in the off chance it rains.

Common Tracks Guide

Tracking has been a core activity in Discovery programs for years.  This pocket guide provides tracking tips for common mammals and birds of Southeast, helping students, teachers, and budding naturalists read the signs of non-human inhabitants in the landscape.

 

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Hotspots: Bird Survey of Mendenhall Wetlands (April 2002 to May 2003)

This report is the culmination of eighteen bird surveys conducted in the Mendenhall Wetlands, an area widely recognized as an important habitat for migrating birds.  The survey results are complimented by GIS maps, graphs, and extensive habitat descriptions.  Looking towards the future, this report also addresses concerns about habitat use and destruction in the Wetlands.

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The Mendenhall Wetlands: a globally recognized Important Bird Area

The Mendenhall Wetlands have long been recognized as an important habitat for a large variety of birds.  This book provides an exhaustive picture of this federally recognized “Important Bird Area.”  It begins with a brief history of how the wetlands came to fall under environmental protection, and goes on to describe the birds that call the area home. You’ll also find information on vegetation, mammals, invertebrates, and ecological interactions in the wetlands.  The pages are complimented by wonderful color photographs of birds.

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