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The Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York…

The Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State

by Robert F. Andrle

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Basics: 1988, hardcover, 551 pages, 240 species with breeding maps

This atlas is a good reference to all birds found to be potentially breeding in New York between 1980 and 1985. To those familiar with an atlas project, the focus of the book is data collection and documentation. It is not meant to be any sort of identification guide. However, to comment on the included artwork, each species account is accompanied by a very good black-and-white line drawing. These illustrations, often including the nest, are as equally good or better than most other atlases I’ve examined.

The state map for each bird is outlined on a full, large page. Within the state, one of three coded squares (blocks) identifies if the predefined area was found to harbor a breeding bird. The breeding codes were categorized as possible, probable, or confirmed. In all, 5,335 blocks were created to cover New York. Each was 5 x 5km and all but 12 were surveyed. Raw counts are given for the number of blocks in which the bird was potentially breeding along with raw counts (and percentages) for each of the three breeding codes.

The page of text for each bird includes the natural history of the species, such as the timing of spring returns, the distribution of the breeding range, and geographic boundaries. The breeding habitat and nesting preferences are also described in length. A good description is also given of the nest construction.

This book includes a few other features such as ten specialized maps of New York (e.g., forest types, forest coverage, river systems, ecozones, etc.); an appendix of ecozones with their descriptions; natural ecological communities; and, a table of the breeding season for each bird. This breeding season table includes data on egg dates, incubation duration, nesting duration, fledglings, and other information. A list of nearly 500 references is also included.

Lastly, a list of over 4,000 names is included for those who volunteered their field time and skills for the creation of this book. ( )
  Soleglad | Aug 26, 2008 |
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This generously illustrated, easy-to-use reference gives instant information on 238 birds that are native to New York State. The core of the atlas is a series of accounts of each species, each account including a distribution map with possible, probable, or confirmed breeding. Facing each map is an explanatory page of text that covers a number of topics: abundance, historical and current distirbution, habitat, and nest description and location. On the same page is an illustration of the bird, often with its nest and young.

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