Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia

Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia


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Despite their small sizes, Maryland and Washington, DC, possess a vast range of environments—from the high peaks of the Allegheny Ridges to the low marshes of the Chesapeake Bay. Home to 200 nesting bird species, these habitats are under constant threat from urban sprawl, changing farming practices, and the degradation of coastal wetlands. The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia documents the impact of these environmental changes on the region’s bird population and discusses the recovery of the endangered Bald Eagle and the new confirmation of breeding by three species—the Common Merganser, the Ruddy Duck, and the Double-crested Cormorant.

Species accounts, each with a stunning color photograph, provide detailed coverage of the habitats, biology, and relative abundance of mid-Atlantic nesting birds. Up-to-date maps reflect changes in their breeding ranges and distributions over the past two decades. Of perhaps greatest value are the comparative analyses with data from the first statewide survey conducted in the 1980s.

Treasured by birders—and an invaluable reference for ornithologists, conservationists, and land use planners—this book will significantly influence our understanding and management of avian species in the region for the next decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801895760
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Walter G. Ellison is the project coordinator of the Maryland and D.C. Breeding Bird Atlas Project at the Maryland Ornithological Society.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
The History of Grid-based Ornithological Atlases
The Environment
Representative Maryland Habitats
Using the Species Accounts
Species Accounts
Additional Accounts of Potential Nesting Birds
A. Safe Dates for Maryland and DC Breeding Birds
B. Total Species per Block, First and Second Atlases
C. Quarterblock Results
D. Abundance Definitions
E. Nonavian Fauna Cited
F. Plants Cited

What People are Saying About This

Harry Armistead

This atlas is such a treasure trove... I can't imagine anyone with a genuine interest in birds of the Middle Atlantic area not getting a copy of this fascinating compendium.

Harry Armistead, former Regional Editor, Middle Atlantic Coast Region, American Birds

David Curson

A vital reference for anyone interested in birds or biodiversity conservation in the region.

David Curson, Audubon Maryland-D.C.

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