Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 collects the most recent findings of virtually all experts in the field as of 2012, when the Third Alabama Nongame Wildlife Conference was convened at Auburn University.
Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 offers a comprehensive update and provides a wealth of new information concerning changes and developments relative to the conservation status of wild animal populations of the state that have occurred in the decade since publication of the previous four volumes in 2004. Enhancements include the addition of any new or rediscovered taxon, species priority status changes, and taxonomic changes, plus the addition of the crayfishes, which were left out previously because so little was known about these understudied taxa.
A complete taxonomic checklist is included, which lists each imperiled taxon along with its priority designation followed by detailed species accounts. The eighty-four crayfish species accounts are comprised of a physical description (including a photograph, when available), distribution map, habitat summary, key life history, ecological information, basis for its status classification, and specific conservation and management recommendations. This revised expansion of the Alabama Wildlife set will be helpful to those seeking to broaden their knowledge of Alabama's vast wildlife resources and will greatly influence future studies in the conservation of many of the imperiled species.
The University of Alabama Press originally released a set of four volumes titled Alabama Wildlife in 2004. The series consisted of A Checklist of Vertebrates and Selected Invertebrates (Volume 1), Imperiled Aquatic Mollusks and Fishes (Volume 2), Imperiled Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals (Volume 3), and Conservation and Management Recommendations for Imperiled Wildlife (Volume 4). However, Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5 offers an all-inclusive and complete update of these four previously published volumes, making it the single resource required for all those working with or interested in Alabama's wild animals.
"Alabama Wildlife, Volume 5, edited by Ericha Shelton-Nix, promises to continue the tradition of high quality presentations of the biological status of Alabama's vertebrate and invertebrate fauna. The addition of the new content on crayfishes further expands our understanding of the wealth of native biodiversity within the state of Alabama."
– Whit Gibbons, author of Ecoviews: Snakes, Snails, and Environmental Tales, Ecoviews Too: Ecology for All Seasons, Their Blood Runs Cold: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians, and Poisonous Plants and Venomous Animals of Alabama and Adjoining States
"This updated volume provides a critical, go-to resource for natural resource professionals, students, academics, and citizens seeking up-to-date information on the status of Alabama's biodiversity. Not only does it provide baseline information on status but it also provides information on population trends critical for conservation efforts."
– Carol Johnston, professor of fisheries, aquaculture, and aquatic sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University
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Ericha Shelton-Nix is a certified biologist with the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. She has led conservation efforts to reestablish the gopher tortoise to its historic range, has written popular newspaper columns and species accounts for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website, and has authored articles for Outdoor Alabama magazine.