The avifauna of the study area is described and quantified, beginning with historical coverage since 1872. The Van Cortlandt Park cumulative and breeding avifaunas are dissected and contrasted with those of Central and Prospect Parks. Study area breeding species are treated quantitatively, followed by winter species, and migration phenomena; features and conclusions are amplified in 39 tables. The chapter concludes with extended discussion of past and current avian resource problems, particularly in Van Cortlandt Park and what park management is doing about them, with specific recommendations for needed research and management actions.
Keywords: Northwest Bronx avifaunal trends, bird migration highlights, breeding bird censuses, New York State Breeding Bird Atlases, Breeding Bird Surveys, Christmas Bird Counts, habitat threats and destruction, urban park management, resource management concerns, Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan
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