Cranes: Their Biology, Husbandry, and Conservation

This textbook was eight years in the making. The editors David H. Ellis, George F. Gee (both formerly of USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center) and Claire M. Mirande, had a combined experience of over 20 years of propagation research at the International Crane Foundation and almost 30 years at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, when they published their work.

Cranes: Their Biology, Husbandry, and Conservation is a compilation of the best of crane avicultural science and husbandry. The quality of this textbook makes it one that I am happy to include on The Free Textbook List; even though, it might be too species specific for some life sciences students. I do, however, suspect that much of the information on the process of creating captive breeding programs and bird husbandry might offer information for those working with other large bird species.

Contents of Cranes: Their Biology, Husbandry, and Conservation

Chapter 1: Crane Biology
Chapter 2: General Husbandry
Chapter 3: Egg and Semen Production
Chapter 4: Incubation and Hatching
Chapter 5: Chick Rearing
Chapter 6: Behavior Management
6A. Imprinting, Attachment, and Behavioral Development in Cranes
Chapter 7: Reproductive Physiology
Chapter 8: Medicine and Surgery
Chapter 9: Genetic Management
Chapter 10: Records
Chapter 11: Special Techniques
11A. Artificial Insemination
11B. Cryopreservation
11C. Sex Determination
11D. Reintroduction Techniques
11E. Flight Restraint
11F. Predator and Pest Management
Chapter 12: Facilities
Chapter 13: Ecology, Status, and Conservation
Appendix. Equipment and Suppliers

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