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August 2015 Vol. 52 No. 12

CRC Press Inc

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Science & Technology
Biology - Zoology

2014-28997 CIP
Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America, ed. by Eric M. Wood and Jherime L. Kellermann. CRC Press, 2015. 228p bibl index afp (Studies in avian biology, 47) ISBN 9781482240306, $129.95.

Migration occurs in a seasonally constrained window and places extremely high physiological demands on migrating birds.  It is known that the hazards encountered during the migration period can have dramatic effects on annual survival in many species.  Migrants must time their departures, stopovers, and arrivals so that their heightened nutritional demands can be met; mismatches between arrival times and food availability have dramatic negative consequences.  In this context, phenology (the study of plant and animal life-cycle episodes) is a critical parameter that influences the population dynamics of avian species.  The onset of global climate change, which can radically change the phenology of plant and animal food sources for migrants, adds another layer of uncertainty to the known hazards of migration.  This volume, with 12 chapters contributed by over 40 researchers, is a critical look at the synchrony of phenology with migration in a variety of species that have a variety of migration strategies.  It details phenological mismatches in both spring and fall migration and highlights the dramatic effects of phenological changes that have arisen because of ongoing global climate changes.  It is a valuable snapshot of an ever-changing, ever-challenging world.

--D. A. Rintoul, Kansas State University

Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers/faculty, professionals/practitioners.