Nunavut, previously a part of the Northwest Territories of Canada, is a land of islands, encompassing some of the most remote places on Earth. It is also home to some of the world's most fascinating bird species. The windswept tundra, rocky shorelines, and icy waters of this thinly populated land are integral to the survival of numerous breeding and non-breeding birds, including the colorful King Eider, the stately Snowy Owl, the spritely Snow Bunting, and the globe-spanning Northern Wheatear.
Birds of Nunavut is the first complete survey of every species known to occur in the territory. Co-written by a team of eighteen experts who have conducted a combined total of 300 seasons of fieldwork in Nunavut, they document 295 species of birds (of which 145 are known to breed there), presenting a wealth of information on identification, distribution, ecology, behavior, and conservation. Lavishly illustrated with over 800 color photographs (showing plumages, nests, eggs, and young for most breeding species) and 145 range maps, it is a visually stunning reference work on the birds that live in and visit Nunavut.
Volume 1 of this two-volume set contains species accounts for the nonpasserine birds of Nunavut (from Ducks, Geese, and Swans to Falcons). It also provides an overview of Nunavut's geography and ecology, bird conservation concerns, and the history of the study of birds in the territory. Volume 2 provides species accounts for the passerine birds of Nunavut (from Tyrant Flycatchers to Cardinals). It also contains four appendices (including a species checklist) and the references and index for both volumes.
This book is a must-have for bird enthusiasts of all sorts, including birders (both serious and armchair), ornithologists, researchers, naturalists, resource managers, and tourists.