Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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THE PRAIRIE NATURALIST, Volume 37, No. 1, March 2005, pp 56-57.


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Used by permission.


In Oklahoma, forest meets prairie, prairie meets mesa, and throughout, our native ecosystems are shaped by human land use. Across this shifting mosaic of habitats, animals find food, raise young, and disperse to find other members of their species. Management for these species is best informed when it springs from a common baseline of knowledge about distributions across the entire management area. For birds, that baseline can be effectively established with a breeding bird atlas. ... In sum, the Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas presents timely information on a fascinating statewide avifauna in a clear and attractive package. The text is wellwritten and informative, and the photographs alone could reserve it a spot on even the most discriminating coffee tables. My copy, however, will remain at arm's reach for the foreseeable future, and I recommend a similar spot for it among the reading material of anyone interested in the natural history of the southern plains.-