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Why Birds Matter
Author: agan H. Sekercioglu

ISBN: 9780226382630
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 17 August 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3
Birders and ornithologists alike have studied birds and argued for their conservation for well over a hundred years, documenting not only their beauty and diversity but also their importance to various ecosystems. These avian enthusiasts have noticed that birds eat fruit and carrion, spread seed and fertilizer, pollinate plants, and help control pests by devouring them for dinner. But rarely have they asked, as this volume does, what are birds worth? That is, how can we quantify avian ecosystem services-all those benefits which birds, through their behavior and characteristics, provide to humans? What economic value can we attach to these services, if any, and how should this value inform avian conservation? The first book to focus on ecosystem services from an ornithological perspective, Why Birds Matter includes an international group of scholars and researchers who work in the fields of environmental economics, ornithology, botany, ecology, and conservation biology. In covering such important ecological topics as scavenging, nutrient cycling, food chain dynamics, and plant-animal interactions, all within the context of human material well-being, the...

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