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The Salton Sea, California's largest inland lake, supports a spectacular bird population that is among the most concentrated and diverse in the world. Sadly, this crucial stopover along the Pacific Flyway for migratory and wintering shorebirds, landbirds, and waterfowl is dangerously close to collapse from several environmental threats. This is the first thoroughly detailed book to describe the birds of the Salton Sea, more than 450 species and subspecies in all.
Foreword Preface and Acknowledgments A HISTORY OF THE SALTON SINK Lake Cahuilla Formation of the Salton Sea CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES Current Threats Proposed Solutions BIOGEOGRAPHY OF THE SALTON SEA The Fauna of Lake Cahuilla Current Conditions The Salton Sea and the Gulf of California Vegetation and Habitat The Avifauna A CHECKLIST OF THE BIRDS OF THE SALTON SEA Primary Checklist The Next Twenty THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS Geographic Region Covered Data Collection Taxonomy and Nomenclature Subspecies Main List Nonnative Species Hypothetical List Appendix Literature Cited Index