Russian Journal of Ecology, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2001, pp. 292–293. Translated from Ekologiya, No. 4, 2001, pp. 319–320. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2001 by Bykov, Rozenberg. BOOK REVIEWS G.V. Shlyakhtin, E.V. Zav’yalova, and V.G. Tabachishin, Ptitsy Saratova i ego okrestnostei: Sostav, okhrana i ekologicheskoe znachenie (Birds of Saratov and Its Vicinity: Composition, Protection, and Ecological Significance), Saratov: Saratov. Gos. Univ., 1999 Notwithstanding the long-lasting interest in birds Unfortunately, the authors do not specify the meth- inhabiting cities and villages, urban ornithology is a ods used for collecting the original material. They only relatively new branch of bird ecology. The study of the indicate that the study was based “on the methods gen- erally accepted in ecological studies on birds” (p. 26). distribution of birds and the functions of the ornitholog- Neither the time of the day when the observations were ical components of natural communities in cities and performed nor the weather at that moment are indi- other settlements is a difﬁcult task. In addition to all cated. However, some characteristics (especially quan- ecological factors that exist in natural systems, the arti- titative parameters) considerably depend on the time of ﬁcial urban environment contains a wide range
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