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The Snow Geese of La Pérouse Bay: Natural Selection in the Wild


Series: Oxford Ornithology Series

By: F Cooke, DB Lank and RF Rockwell

250 pages, 20 b/w photos, 50 line illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Apr 1995 | #38467 | ISBN: 0198540647
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About this book

This book evaluates the results from a key long-term study of bird population dynamics, and is a major case-study demonstrating the evolutionary process in vertebrates. It covers information gathered over 26 years on the snow geese colonies in northern Manitoba.

"The results of 25 years of studying 40,000 individually marked adult Snow Geese, 45,000 nests, and 110,000 goslings at a colony in northern Manitoba are synthesized in this book. The study seeks to understand roles played by genetics, behavior, and ecology on a population of wild Snow Geese in terms of evolution of their natural populations. The workings of natural selection are thus determined on characters such as plumage color, time of breeding, clutch and egg sizes, fitness, and goose body size. This is a landmark work of primary interest to professional biologists and ornithologists. Highly recommended."--Wildlife Activist
"The wealth of data and ideas in the book will make it a valuable addition to the libraries of those with interests in either applied biology of wildlife or evolutionary biology." --Ecology
"Long-term studies on natural populations are essential for testing evolutionary theory in the field, particularly the theory of natural selection. At the same tim


Introduction; The Lesser Snow Geese of La Perouse Bay; Population structure and gene flow; Fitness components model of Snow Goose life cycle; Pairing, mating, and parental care; Annual variation in fitness components; Age effects; Heritability of quantitative traits; Plumage colour; Clutch size; The timing of reproduction; Egg size; Body size; Synthesis and conclusions; References; Author index; Subject index

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