"Easily the most
significant contribution to Tennessee ornithology since the written
history of bird studies in Tennessee began."
R. Smith, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
of the Breeding Birds of Tennessee
Charles P. Nicholson
This atlas provides
ornithologists, ecologists, and birdwatchers with an invaluable resource
for monitoring birds within the state. It offers the first fully documented
account of distribution patterns for 170 species confirmed as breeding
in Tennessee, as well as for several unconfirmed or extirpated species.
The species list includes permanent residents, short-distance migrants,
neotropical migrants, and endangered species.
Atlas of the Breeding
Birds of Tennessee is based on research conducted from 1986 through
1991 by the Tennessee Ornithological Society and is the first study
of its kind ever published for the state. It reviews the methodology
employed in the study, which included innovative miniroute censuses.
It features detailed accounts of individual species which include both
grid maps that plot their distribution and contour maps that reflect
their relative abundance. The accompanying text for each species discusses
its geographical and historical occurence, cites habitat preferences,
and offers notes on breeding biology such as nest placement and clutch
size. Line drawings accurately portray the birds in the nesting cycle.
In addition to this
wealth of data on individual species, the atlas provides background
information on the physical and cultural geography of Tennessee and
on patterns of land-use change that followed the arrival of European
settlers. It also presents the most comprehensive history of ornithology
in the state yet published.
Because of Tennessee's
central location among eastern states and its variety of habitats, information
on its breeding birds is particularly relevant to the ornithology of
the entire region. This encyclopedic work is an indispensable reference
and a perfect companion to existing field guides - a book that belongs
on the shelves of everyone concerned with birds in Tennessee and the
The Author Charles
P. Nicholson is an environmental scientist with the Tennessee Valley
Authority. He was one of the organizers and the director of the Tennessee
Breeding Bird Atlas Project.
504 pages (est.), 483 line
drawings and range maps
8x10, LC 97-4622
ISBN 0-87049-987-4 $45.00s (cloth)
Available now from The University of Tennessee Press.
Call 1-800-621-2736 to place orders
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