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Hand Guide To The Birds Of New Zealand

Author : Hugh Robertson
ISBN : 019850831X
Genre : Nature
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This beautifully illustrated handguide, provides a comprehensive guide to the birds of New Zealand . Robertson and Heather include detailed information on identification, habitat and location
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Monitoring Ecological Change

Author : Ian F. Spellerberg
ISBN : 0521424070
Genre : Nature
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Living communities are continuously changing, both as a result of natural processes and of human activities. It is essential for us to have effective biological and ecological monitoring programs in order to detect these changes and understand the factors that influence them. In the first part of the book, the roles of local, national, and international organizations that implement monitoring programs are discussed and assessed. In the second section of the book, a wide range of examples are used to explain and evaluate methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. The final section focuses on the important applications of biological monitoring, such as pollution control, land-use management, monitoring rare species, and post-environmental impact assessment.
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202 Great Walks

Author : Mark Pickering
ISBN : 9781742532660
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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First published in 2003 and now into its third edition, 202 Great Walks really is the most affordable, reliable and comprehensive guide to New Zealand's outdoors.
Category: Sports & Recreation

A Checklist To New Zealand Birds Frogs Reptiles Mammals And Butterflies

Author : Kerry-Jayne Wilson
ISBN : 1877257516
Genre : Nature
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This pocket checklist includes all the species of birds, frogs, reptiles, mammals and butterflies that currently have wild populations in New Zealand, plus vagrant species that have been reliably recorded here during the last 25 years. The checklist is designed to enable birdwatchers and naturalists to keep records of the species they see during field excursions in New Zealand.
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Grzimek S Animal Life Encyclopedia 2nd Ed Thomson Gale 2003

Author : Thomson - Gale Group
Genre : Nature
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Gzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia is an internationally prominent scientific reference compilation, first published in German in the late 1960s, under the editorship of zoologist Bernhard Grzimek (1909–1987). In a cooperative effort between Gale and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the series is being completely revised and updated for the first time in over 30 years. Gale is expanding the series from 13 to 17 volumes, commissioning new color images, and updating the information while also making the set easier to use. The order of revisions is: Vol 8–11: Birds I–IV Vol 6: Amphibians Vol 7: Reptiles Vol 4–5: Fishes I–II Vol 12–16: Mammals I–V Vol 1: Lower Metazoans and Lesser Deuterostomes Vol 2: Protostomes Vol 3: Insects Vol 17: Cumulative Index Organized by order and family The overall structure of this reference work is based on the classification of animals into naturally related groups, a discipline known as taxonomy—the science through which various organisms are discovered, identified, described, named, classified, and catalogued. Starting with the simplest life forms, the protostomes, in Vol. 1, the series progresses through the more complex animal classes, culminating with the mammals in Vols. 12–16. Volume 17 is a stand-alone cumulative index. Organization of chapters within each volume reinforces the taxonomic hierarchy. Opening chapters introduce the class of animal, followed by chapters dedicated to order and family. Species accounts appear at the end of family chapters. To help the reader grasp the scientific arrangement, each type of chapter has a distinctive color and symbol: ▲= Family Chapter (yellow background) ●= Order Chapter (blue background) ●▲ = Monotypic Order Chapter (green background) As chapters narrow in focus, they become more tightly formatted. General chapters have a loose structure, reminiscent of the first edition. While not strictly formatted, order chapters are carefully structured to cover basic information about member families. Monotypic orders, comprised of a single family, utilize family chapter organization. Family chapters are most tightly structured, following a prescribed format of standard rubrics that make information easy to find and understand. Family chapters typically include: Thumbnail introduction Common name Scientific name Class Order Suborder Family Thumbnail description Size Number of genera, species Habitat Conservation status Main essay Evolution and systematics Physical characteristics Distribution Habitat Behavior Feeding ecology and diet Reproductive biology Conservation status Significance to humans Species accounts Common name Scientific name Subfamily Taxonomy Other common names Physical characteristics Distribution Habitat Behavior Feeding ecology and diet Reproductive biology Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia xi • • • • • How to use this book Conservation status Significance to humans Resources Books Periodicals Organizations Other Color graphics enhance understanding Grzimek’s features approximately 3,500 color photos, including approximately 480 in four Birds volumes; 3,500 total color maps, including almost 1,500 in the four Birds volumes; and approximately 5,500 total color illustrations, including 1,385 in four Birds volumes. Each featured species of animal is accompanied by both a distribution map and an illustration. All maps in Grzimek’s were created specifically for the project by XNR Productions. Distribution information was provided by expert contributors and, if necessary, further researched at the University of Michigan Zoological Museum library. Maps are intended to show broad distribution, not definitive ranges, and are color coded to show resident, breeding, and nonbreeding locations (where appropriate). All the color illustrations in Grzimek’s were created specifically for the project by Michigan Science Art. Expert contributors recommended the species to be illustrated and provided feedback to the artists, who supplemented this information with authoritative references and animal skins from University of Michgan Zoological Museum library. In addition to species illustrations, Grzimek’s features conceptual drawings that illustrate characteristic traits and behaviors. About the contributors The essays were written by expert contributors, including ornithologists, curators, professors, zookeepers, and other reputable professionals. Grzimek’s subject advisors reviewed the completed essays to insure that they are appropriate, accurate, and up-to-date. Standards employed In preparing these volumes, the editors adopted a conservative approach to taxonomy, relying primarily on Peters Checklist (1934–1986)—a traditional classification scheme. Taxonomy has always been a volatile field, with frequent arguments over the naming of or evolutionary relationships between various organisms. The advent of DNA fingerprinting and other advanced biochemical techniques has revolutionized the field and, not unexpectedly, has produced both advances and confusion. In producing these volumes, Gale consulted with noted taxonomist Professor Walter J. Bock as well as other specialists to obtain the most up-to-date information possible. When scientific controversy over the classification of a particular animal or group of animals existed, the text makes this clear. Grzimek’s has been designed with ready reference in mind and the editors have standardized information wherever feasible. For Conservation status, Grzimek’s follows the IUCN Red List system, developed by its Species Survival Commission. The Red List provides the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plants and animals. Using a set of criteria to evaluate extinction risk, the IUCN recognizes the following categories: Extinct, Extinct in the Wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation Dependent, Near Threatened, Least Concern, and Data Deficient. For a complete explanation of each category, visit the IUCN web page at themes/ssc/redlists/categor.htm In addition to IUCN ratings, essays may contain other conservation information, such as a species’ inclusion on one of three Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) appendices. Adopted in 1975, CITES is a global treaty whose focus is the protection of plant and animal species from unregulated international trade. Grzimek’s provides the following standard information on avian lineage in Taxonomy rubric of each Species account: [First described as] Muscicapa rufifrons [by] Latham, [in] 1801, [based on a specimen from] Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The person’s name and date refer to earliest identification of a species, although the species name may have changed since first identification. However, the organism described is the same. Other common names in English, French, German, and Spanish are given when an accepted common name is available. Appendices and index For further reading directs readers to additional sources of information about birds. Valuable contact information for Organizations is also included in an appendix. While the encyclopedia minimizes scientific jargon, it also provides a Glossary at the back of the book to define unfamiliar terms. An exhaustive Aves species list records all known species of birds, categorized according to Peters Checklist (1934–1986). And a full-color Geologic time scale helps readers understand prehistoric time periods. Additionally, each of the four volumes contains a full Subject index for the Birds subset. Acknowledgements Gale would like to thank several individuals for their important contributions to the series. Michael Souza, Program Assistant, Department of Conservation and Science, American Zoo and Aquarium Association, provided valuable behindthe- scenes research and reliable support at every juncture of the project. Also deserving of recognition are Christine Sheppard, Curator of Ornithology at Bronx Zoo, and Barry Taylor, professor at the University of Natal, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, who assisted subject advisors in reviewing manuscripts for accuracy and currency. And, last but not least, Janet Hinshaw, Bird Division Collection Manager at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, who opened her collections to Grzimek’s artists and staff and also compiled the “For Further Reading” bibliography at the back of the book. xii Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia Second Edition ●●●● Volume 10 Birds III Jerome A. Jackson, Advisory Editor Walter J. Bock, Taxonomic Editor Donna Olendorf, Project Editor Joseph E. Trumpey, Chief Scientific Illustrator Michael Hutchins,
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Birds Of Australia

Author : Ken Simpson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215363305
Genre : Nature
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Rev. ed. of: Field guide to the birds of Australia. 5th ed. Ringwood, Victoria, Australia: Penguin Books Australia, 1996.
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The Field Guide To The Birds Of New Zealand

Author : Barrie Heather
ISBN : 0143570927
Genre : Nature
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'You can put your hand on this book and swear by it, because it's the bible. Every bird of town, bush, swamp, island, beach, river and the sea is here - accurately, intricately, and beautifully observed.
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New Zealand Books In Print

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ISBN : UCSC:32106020069883
Genre : Catalogs, Publishers'
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