their small sizes, Maryland and Washington, DC, possess a vast range of
environments -- from the high peaks of the Allegheny Ridges to the low
marshes of the Chesapeake Bay. Home to 200 nesting bird species, these
habitats are under constant threat from urban sprawl, changing farming
practices, and the degradation of coastal wetlands.
|The Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia documents the impact of these environmental changes on the region's bird population
This book also discusses the recovery of the endangered Bald Eagle and the new
confirmation of breeding by three species -- the Common Merganser, the
Ruddy Duck, and the Double-crested Cormorant.
Species accounts, each with a stunning color photograph, provide
detailed coverage of the habitats, biology, and relative abundance of
mid-Atlantic nesting birds. Up-to-date maps reflect changes in their
breeding ranges and distributions over the past two decades.
Second Atlas of the
Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia
by Walter G. Ellison
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010