1st Edition

Songbird Behavior and Conservation in the Anthropocene

Edited By Darren S. Proppe Copyright 2022
    282 Pages 12 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    282 Pages 12 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    282 Pages 12 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Learned and fixed behaviors underlie many of the patterns we observe in songbirds. But the environmental context in which these patterns occur is changing quickly, often to the detriment of the individual and species. The goal of this book is to weave concepts of behavior more tightly into our conservation strategies. Each chapter describes the current understanding of behavior in relation to a particular songbird life history trait. The authors then evaluate challenges that songbirds face in the Anthropocene, and explore the role of behavior in addressing these challenges. The future is uncertain for songbirds, but broadening our management toolkit will increase the potential for success.

    1. Static Organisms in a Changing System? 
    Darren S. Proppe 
    2. Habitat Selection in Human-Dominated Landscapes 
    Desiree L. Narango 
    3. Migration in the Anthropocene 
    Kevin C. Fraser 
    4. Conspecific and Heterospecific Interactions 
    Michael P. Ward, Valerie L. Buxton, Janice K. Enos and Jinelle H. Sperry 
    5. Sexual Selection and Mating Systems under Anthropogenic Disturbance 
    Ken A. Otter, Matthew W. Reudink, Jennifer R. Foote, Ann E. McKellar and Nancy J. Flood 
    6. Sociality and Antipredator Behavior 
    Amanda K. Beckman, Faith O. Hardin, Allison M. Kohler and Michael L. Morrison 
    7. Optimizing and Competing for Resources 
    Faith O. Hardin, Amanda K. Beckman, Alexis D. Earl and Jacquelyn K. Grace 
    8. Human Impacts on Avian Communication 
    Sharon A. Gill, Erin E. Grabarczyk and Dominique A. Potvin 
    9. Vocal Learning and Neurobiology in the Anthropocene 
    Broderick M. B. Parks, Andrew G. Horn, Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton and Leslie S. Phillmore 
    10. Personality and Behavioural Syndromes 
    Kimberley J. Mathot, Sue Anne Zollinger and Todd M. Freeberg 
    11. Conclusion: The Role of Human Behavior in Songbird Conservation 
    Darren S. Proppe 


    Darren S. Proppe is a wildlife biologist with a background in research, teaching, and songbird management. His research is focused on exploring the impacts of noise on songbird behavior, communication, and distribution; investigating the effects of development and urbanization on songbird behavior; and designing novel techniques for managing songbird populations and communities in a changing world. Although his studies focus on songbirds, Dr. Proppe 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 for today's management challenges.

    "This book takes a more scientific approach, aiming to review the behavioral studies focused on songbirds and to make suggestions on how the knowledge obtained from these studies can be implemented in the practice of animal conservation. The tone of the writing is primarily educational; it often reads like a textbook. Terminology is clearly defined, with key terms in bold face type."

    - Erno Vincze, Department of Biology, Lund University, Conservation Biology