The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas

The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas

Brainard L. Palmer-Ball
Copyright Date: 1996
Pages: 384
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    The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas
    Book Description:

    Ten years in the making,The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlaspresents the results of a seven-year survey of all birds that nest in the Bluegrass State, providing photographs of each species. This work summarizes the distribution and abundance of these bird species, and describes such recent phenomena as the invasions of the Blue Grosbeak and House Finch and the notable decline of other familiar species.

    Introductory material outlines the methodology used to complete the survey and summarizes its results. Of particular interest, this work helps to document the effect human alteration of the landscape has had on our bird populations. Some of the most common and widespread species in Kentucky today, for example, may have been among the most rare only two hundred years ago.

    Information for each species includes its current and historical status in the state, habitat preferences, specific details of the construction and placement of nests, and other pertinent aspects of nesting biology. Results of the survey are organized by physiographic region and degree of forestation. For rare or locally distributed species, more specific details concerning individual breeding records are given. Accompanying maps plot each species' distribution and abundance within the state. An additional section briefly summarizes the former status of twelve extinct or extirpated species.

    The Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlasis sponsored by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission and the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in cooperation with the Kentucky Ornithological Society.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5900-3
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
  3. LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES
    (pp. viii-viii)
  4. FOREWORD
    (pp. ix-ix)
    Robert M. McCance Jr.

    TheKentucky Breeding Bird Atlasis one of many similar works that have been published or are under way in many states and in other countries. Naming the creatures of the earth is older than civilization, and for centuries individuals have felt that discovering all the species of living things was important. Today, although new species are still being found, the emphasis has shifted to determining the numbers and distribution of known species.

    Biological censuses such as this one help substantiate the changes in species frequency and distribution. Sound biological data can be used for intelligent decision-making by all sectors...

  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. x-xii)
  6. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-16)

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, several northeastern states and Canadian provinces initiated breeding bird atlases. In the fall of 1984, the idea of undertaking a similar effort in Kentucky was initiated by the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). Along with representatives of the Kentucky Ornithological Society (KOS) and the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNPC), KDFWR made plans for a cooperative Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas (KBBA). The goal of this project was to conduct a systematic survey of the state’s breeding birds over a five-year period, beginning in 1985.

    During...

  7. BREEDING SPECIES OBSERVED
    (pp. 17-324)
  8. NONBREEDING SPECIES OBSERVED
    (pp. 325-328)
  9. EXTINCT AND EXTIRPATED BREEDING SPECIES
    (pp. 329-330)
  10. APPENDIX A. KENTUCKY’S PHYSIOGRAPHIC PROVINCE SECTIONS
    (pp. 333-348)
  11. APPENDIX B. COMMON AND SCIENTIFIC NAMES OF PLANTS NOTED IN THE TEXT
    (pp. 349-350)
  12. APPENDIX C. SAMPLE KBBA FIELD CARD
    (pp. 351-352)
  13. LITERATURE CITED
    (pp. 353-368)
  14. INDEX TO BIRD NAMES
    (pp. 369-373)