1st Edition

Songbird Behavior and Conservation 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

USD $200.00

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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


Darren S. Proppe

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

Vocal 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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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.