1st Edition

The Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers

Edited By Mark A. Colwell, Susan M. Haig Copyright 2019
    344 Pages
    by CRC Press

    342 Pages 18 Color & 51 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    342 Pages 18 Color & 51 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The 40 or so species of beach-loving plovers (genus Charadrius) comprise a diverse group of shorebirds found around the world. Most of these species are challenged by changing climates and other human-related development activities, yet they provide key insights into basic ecological and evolutionary processes. The expert international contributors take a comparative approach, presenting examples from many worldwide plover studies and synthesizing the group’s most pressing and important topics. The book further presents an emphasis on full life-cycle biology, including the importance of examining migratory connectivity issues, even for non-migratory plovers.

    Color pages were planned and approved for some pages in this volume, but due to a printing error some copies have incorrectly been released with these pages printed in black and white. Replacement copies with the correct color in place can be obtained upon request by contacting [email protected]. CRC Press extends apologies to any customers affected by this error and for the inconvenience caused.

    Key Features

    • Serves as a fundamental resource for conservation practitioners

    • Detailed overview of a widely distributed group of shorebirds

    • Authored by renowned specialists who present theoretical and applied perspectives

    • Emphasis on comparative and synthetic approach in all chapters

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    Introduction & Overview. Biogeography & Evolutionary History. Population Genetics. Physiology, Anatomy & Morphology. Comparative Breeding Biology. Mating Systems. Migration Ecology. Nonbreeding Ecology. Population Biology. Anthropogenic Change. Managing Habitat. Predator Control. Conclusions.


    Mark Colwell has been a professor in the Wildlife Department at Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA) for over 25 years. His research on shorebirds for the past 35 years has resulted in over 75 peer-reviewed papers, mostly covering the behavior, ecology and conservation of shorebirds, including the Snowy Plover. He teaches an advanced undergraduate course in Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and Management, which was the foundation for the text-reference book published in 2010. He has been recognized by HSU as Scholar of the Year (2007) and Outstanding Professor (2013).

    Susan Haig is a Senior Scientist (emerita) at the U.S. Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Oregon State University and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Her work on small population biology and conservation genetics focused on shorebirds and Piping Plovers in particular. For many years, she served as the Leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Piping Plover recovery team in the Great Lakes and Northern Great Plains. She also served as President of the American Ornithologists' Union.  She has been awarded the Miller Medal by the Cooper Ornithological Society and a Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

    "I strongly recommend this wonderful compilation to ornithologists, students, and laypeople. Many will enjoy reading the book chapters that are packed with good data and ideas for follow-up studies. The text is clear and illustrative, much jargon has been carefully avoided, and the illustrations are excellent. Therefore, the conservation methods, actions, and implications presented in this book will provide immensely useful material for conservation biology courses. By providing a link between science and conservation action, practical conservationists will also benefit from reading it." - Jay Mager, Associate Professor of Biological and Allied Health Sciences, Ohio Northern University (U.S.)