This review of Pennsylvania's conservation efforts is the first book to focus exclusively on the state's vertebrates of concern.
The 133 species of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals discussed in this book are Pennsylvania's most vulnerable terrestrial vertebrates. Each species is described in a full account that details basic biology and includes photographs and range maps. The accompanying narratives focus on conservation priorities, research needs, and management recommendations. Featuring information compiled from a broad array of sources and by contributors who are recognized authorities on their respective species, this volume is a model for wildlife conservation across much of the northeastern United States.
A road map that reveals the Keystone State's most sensitive species and what can be done to manage and conserve these important natural resources, Terrestrial Vertebrates of Pennsylvania is a valuable tool for wildlife managers, conservationists, and naturalists.
Michael A. Steele is a professor of biology and the H. Fenner Chair of Research Biology at Wilkes University, where he is also the director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. Margaret C. Brittingham is a professor of wildlife resources at Pennsylvania State University and a state Wildlife Extension Specialist. She chairs the Ornithological Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey. Timothy J. Maret is a professor of biology at Shippensburg University and chair of the Amphibian and Reptile Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey. Joseph F. Merritt is a senior mammalogist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Biology of Small Mammals and the coeditor of Mammalogy: Adaptation, Diversity, Ecology, third edition, both also published by Johns Hopkins.