Birds of the Lahontan Valley: A Guide to Nevada's Wetland Oasis (Paperback)
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Birds of the Lahontan Valley: A Guide to Nevada's Wetland Oasis (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 30/06/2001
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Deep in the arid vastness of the harsh Great Basin desert, in one of the warmest and driest basins in northern Nevada, lies a wetland oasis that is home to more than 290 species of resident and migratory birds. The Lahontan Valley wetlands, including Stillwater Marsh and Carson Lake, contain the remnants of a vast Pleistocene lake that once covered much of western and northern Nevada. Today, having shrunk to fewer than 100,000 acres and precariously vulnerable to the vagaries of the Great Basin's scanty rainfall and to competing demands for water from neighboring agriculturists and northern Nevada's booming urban development, the Lahontan Valley wetlands persist as one of the most important birding sites on the Pacific Flyway. Birds of the Lahonton Valley is a major contribution to the study of natural history in the Great Basin. Authors Graham Chisholm and Larry A. Neel provide a comprehensive discussion of the geologic history of the area; the intricate relationships among climate, soil, vegetation, and local fauna; and the impact of humankind, from the ancient Paiute people to the farmers and ranchers of today. The book's greatest significance, however, lies in its detailed account of the bird species sighted in the Lahontan Valley, a listing that will be invaluable to scientists and casual birders alike. Enhanced by 60 line drawings by ornithological artist Mimi Hoppe Wolf, four maps, and directions to bird-viewing sites, Birds of the Lahontan Valley is an essential resource for birders, naturalists, conservationists, and anyone interested in the outdoors.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874174793
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 203 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
" . . . this is a handsome and useful book, a model for regional bird studies." -Faultline
"If you bird the Great Basin, or are contemplating doing so in the future, you should ownBirds of the Lahontan Valley. Well-written, informative, and authoritative, it is a book you will consult time and again as you explore the area's surprising wetlands." -Western Birds"
"For bird-watching residents of the state, this book is a must. It is also indispensable for visitors and collectors of distributional information. It is seductive as well. If you are one of those bird watchers who has always thought of Nevada as the state you cross quickly going to or from California, it is likely to cause you to detour. -Bird Watcher's Digest"

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