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Minnesota Birds

Minnesota Birds: Where, When, and How Many

Copyright Date: 1975
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 236
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    Minnesota Birds
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    Minnesota Birds was first published in 1975. This is an indispensable guidebook for birders in Minnesota, both amateur and professional, and a useful reference work for naturalists elsewhere as well. It provides information about each of the 374 species sighted in the state -- in what seasons they are present, how abundant they are, and in what areas they are likely to be found. The account for each species is divided in three sections: migration, including distribution, abundance, and dates; summer season, including breeding range and nesting records; and winter season, including distribution and abundance. Both authors are highly experienced ornithologists. Janet C. Green lives in Duluth and does much of her fieldwork on the North Shore of Lake Superior and in the northwoods. Robert B. Janssen, who lives in Chanhassen, is former editor of The Loon, the journal of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union, and has done fieldwork throughout the state. Harrison B. Tordoff, former director of the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, writes a foreword.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-6270-8
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

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  1. Notes on Nomenclature, Terminology, and Maps
    (pp. 3-7)
  2. Geography and Ecology of Minnesota’s Birdlife
    (pp. 8-192)

    An understanding of the geography of Minnesota enables the birder to relate the distribution of breeding birds and migration patterns to vegetation communities and landforms. For this reason we include in this section information on the landscape regions, the vegetation, and the diversity of the avifauna within the various geographic areas of the state.

    Landscape regions. Most of the physiographic features of Minnesota are the result of glaciation during the Pleistocene epoch (about one million to ten thousand years ago), especially during the most recent series of advances of the Wisconsin glaciers (forty thousand to ten thousand years ago). For...

  3. APPENDIX I. Status of Species in Minnesota
    (pp. 195-197)
  4. APPENDIX II. Distribution of Breeding Species in Minnesota
    (pp. 198-200)
  5. APPENDIX III. Primary Seasonal Occurrence of Regular Species in Minnesota
    (pp. 201-203)
  6. APPENDIX IV. Species Added to Minnesota List since 1973
    (pp. 204-204)