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Ornithology -- Tennessee

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the birds of Tennessee.


Six Superlative Sources

· Nicholson, C.P. 1997. Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press. A thorough description of the distribution of breeding birds in Tennessee, along with discussions of Tennessee landscapes and habitats, the history of ornithology in Tennessee, and changes in Tennessee avifauna.

· The Tennessee Ornithological Society. This web site provides information on birds and bird watching in Tennessee, including reports from the Tennessee birding hotline and contents of the state ornithological journal, The Migrant.

· Robinson, J.C. 1990. An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press. Similar to the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Tennessee, this reference provides distribution maps and information about all breeding birds in Tennessee.

· Hamel, P.B. 1992. Land Manager's Guide to Birds of the South. The Nature Conservancy, Southeastern Region. Designed to help land managers with making land-use decisions, this reference provides a very complete description of habitat associations and life histories of breeding and wintering birds throughout the southern United States, including Tennessee.

· Anderson, S.H., and H.H. Shugart. 1974. Habitat selection of breeding birds in an East Tennessee forest. Ecology 55:828-37. A good earlier publication on habitat selection of migratory and non-migratory birds in East Tennessee.

· Simons, T.R., G.L. Farnsworth, and S.A. Shriner. 2000. Evaluating Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a population source for the Wood Thrush. Conservation Biology 14:1133-1144. A more recent paper examining the importance of the Smoky Mountains for a migratory songbird with declining populations.

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