University of Chicago, 2016. — 398 p. — ISBN 10 022638263X.The first book to approach ecosystem services from an ornithological perspective, Why Birds Matter asks what economic value we can ascribe to those services, if any, and how this value should inform conservation. Chapters explore the role of birds in such important ecological dynamics as scavenging, nutrient cycling, food chains, and plant-animal interactions-all seen through the lens of human well-being-to show that quantifying avian ecosystem services is crucial when formulating contemporary conservation strategies. Inside... Bird Ecosystem Services: Economic Ornithology for the 21st Century, Why Birds Matter Economically: Values, Markets, and Policies, Trophic Interaction Networks and Ecosystem Services, Pollination by Birds: A Functional Evaluation, Seed Dispersal by Fruit- Eating Birds, Dispersal of Plants by Waterbirds.
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