Guide to the status and distribution of every bird species reliably reported on the Edwards Plateau in Texas. Species accounts focus on four key characteristics of each bird: relative abundance, distribution within the region, habitat, and timing of occurrence. In addition, Lockwood discusses species that have been reported, but not documented, in the Hill Country, as well as those that might be expected to occur.
Count yourself fortunate that this book has arrived and that Lockwood is your guide. I recommend that you settle back for an enjoyable and highly informative read, and then follow Lockwood's directions to a personal field study of Edwards Plateau birdlife. And by all means, keep this book close at hand. This now is the modern baseline to which your discoveries will be compared. - from the Foreword
Foreword by Terry Maxwell; Acknowledgments; The Edwards Plateau; Topography; River Systems and Reservoirs; Climate; Vegetation; Conservation; Parks and Other Birding Areas; Amistad National Recreation Area; Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge; Brady Reservoir; Canyon Lake; Colorado Bend State Park; Devils River State Natural Area; Emma Long Metropolitan Park, City of Austin; Enchanted Rock State Natural Area; Garner State Park; Government Canyon State Natural Area Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area Hill Country State Natural Area; Inks Lake State Park; Kickapoo Cavern State Park; Lake Buchanan; Lost Maples State Natural Area; Park Chalk Bluff; Pedernales Falls State Park; South Llano River State Park; Edwards Plateau Birds; Taxonomy; Documenting Observations; Early History of Ornithological Investigations on the Edwards Plateau; Using This Book; Seasonal Definitions; Frequently Mentioned Locations; An Annotated List of Species; Species of Uncertain Occurrence on the Edwards Plateau; Species Expected to Occur on the Edwards Plateau; The Seasonal Distribution of Edwards Plateau Birds; Species of Special Interest; Selected References; Index
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Mark W. Lockwood is a conservation biologist in the Natural Resources Program of Texas Parks and Wildlife and secretary of the Texas Bird Records Committee.