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Songbird Behavior
Implications for Conservation and Management in the Anthropocene

Edited By

Darren S. Proppe



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ISBN 9780367279288
January 27, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
282 Pages 12 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Songbirds are often used as indicators of environmental health. From the canary in the coalmine, to shifts in demographics and population patterns, birds tell us when things are not well. More often than not, these observable trends are a result of adaptive behavior that has evolved over many generations. Understanding foundation concepts of songbird behavior, including the rate at which behavioral changes occur and the limits of plasticity, is a requirement for anyone interested in sustaining healthy songbird populations in the Anthropocene. Yet, our world is changing rapidly. Can songbirds adapt quickly enough to keep up? Observed declines in many species worldwide suggest that the answer is no. To avoid extinction for many species, our conservation strategies must be broader and more intentional. For example, are there ways to actively manage habitats so that vital cue-response systems are kept intact? Anthropogenic factors are also altering how birds select mates and habitats, sometimes in ways that decrease fitness. Can biologists actively manipulate behavior to mitigate these mismatches? The first goal of this book is to educate academics and managers alike about the foundational behaviors that drive songbird activity and demographic patterns. Topics such as migration, habitat selection, communication, etc., are explored by renown songbird biologist to bring the reader up to speed on the latest advancements in the field. However, each author is also versed in the principles of conservation. The second goal of this book is to explore the current issues that songbirds face in an increasingly anthropic world – and to discuss the role of behavior in the development of management solutions. By broadening our conservation toolkit, we can be more prepared to manage songbird populations and communities within the environmental challenges of the Anthropocene.

Table of Contents

Preface

Darren S. Proppe

Introduction: Static organisms in a changing system?

Darren S. Proppe

Habitat Selection in Human-Dominated Landscapes

Desiree L. Narango

Migration in the Anthropocene

Kevin C. Fraser

Conspecific and Heterospecific Interaction

Michael P. Ward, Valerie L. Buxton, Janice K. Enos, Jinelle H. Sperry

Sexual selection and mating systems under anthropogenic disturbance

Ken A. Otter, Matthew W. Reudink, Jennifer R. Foote, Ann E. McKellar, Nancy J. Flood

Sociality and Antipredator Behavior

Amanda K. Beckman, Faith O. Hardin, Allison M. Kohler, Michael L. Morrison

Optimizing and Competing for Resources

Faith O. Hardin, Amanda K. Beckman, Alexis D. Earl, Jacquelyn K. Grace

Human Impacts on Avian Communication

Sharon A. Gill, Erin E. Grabarczyk, Dominique A. Potvin

Song Learning and Neurobiology in the Anthropocene

Broderick M. B. Parks, Andrew G. Horn, Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton, Leslie S. Phillmore

Personality and Behavioral Syndromes

Kimberley J. Mathot, Sue Anne Zollinger, Todd M. Freeberg

Conclusion: The Role of Human Behavior in Songbird Conservation

Darren S. Proppe

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Biography

Darren Proppe is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he teaches ecology and animal behavior. He received a doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta, a master’s degree in Applied Ecology from Eastern Kentucky University, and a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. His interest in songbirds developed as a youth growing up in Texas, and in particular, as a technician hired to survey populations of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler. Professionally, Darren has presented and published research on the impacts of noise on songbird behavior, communication, and distribution; the effects of urbanization on songbird behavior; the use of conspecific attraction to manage songbird populations and communities; methodological challenges and advances in songbird survey techniques; and the impact of habitat change on nest predation. While his research has primarily focused on songbirds, he is broadly interested in the intersection of conservation and behavior, especially in relation to anthropogenic change. He seeks to develop out-of-the-box solutions to today’s management challenges.