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April 2011 issue of The Auk is now available

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The April 2011 issue of The Auk (vol. 128, #2) is now available in entirety online at the University of California Press JSTOR website (http://www.jstor.org...journalCode=auk). You will need your login and password to access each article. (For forgotten passwords, contact JSTOR support at http://www.jstor.org...tactSupportForm).


The print version of The Auk was mailed on May 12, 2011.


The Auk


Volume 128, Number 2, April 2011

An International Journal of Ornithology




Table of Contents


Rapid Communications



The island syndrome in coastal wetland ecosystems: Convergent evolution of large bills in mangrove passerines. David Luther and Russell Greenberg




Perspectives In Ornithology


Genetic applications in avian conservation. Susan M. Haig, Whitcomb M. Bronaugh, Rachel S. Crowhurst, Jesse D’Elia, Collin A. Eagles-Smith, Clinton W. Epps, Brian Knaus, Mark P. Miller, Michael L. Moses, Sara Oyler-McCance, W. Douglas Robinson, and Brian Sidlauskas




Research Articles


Behavior and Behavioral Ecology


Out of sight, out of mind? Visual obstructions affect settlement patterns in Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica). Austin N. Mercadante and Mark T. Stanback




Cache-site selection in Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana). Teresa J. Lorenz, Kimberly A. Sullivan, Amanda V. Bakian, and Carol A. Aubry




Behavior and Physiology


Contrasts in energy status and marine foraging strategies of White-winged Scoters (Melanitta fusca) and Surf Scoters (M. perspicillata). Eric M. Anderson and James R. Lovvorn




Date of nest initiation mediates incubation costs of Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa). Gary R. Hepp and Robert A. Kennamer




Conservation Biology


Population genetics and effective population size of the critically endangered Nihoa Millerbird (Acrocephalus familiaris kingi). Jason A. Addison and Antony W. Diamond




Habitat use by Sprague's Pipits (Anthus spragueii) in native pastures and planted, non-native hay fields. Ryan J. Fisher and Stephen K. Davis




Agricultural coconut forest as habitat for the critically endangered Tuamotu Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri gertrudae). Gabrielle L. Coulombe, Dylan C. Kesler, and Anne Gouni




Landscape Ecology


Postfledging survivorship and habitat selection across a rural-to-urban landscape gradient. Ian J. Ausprey and Amanda D. Rodewald




Methods and Statistics


Using stereo-microphones to evaluate observer variation in North American Breeding Bird Survey point counts. Margaret Campbell and Charles M. Francis






The influence of energetic condition on flight initiation and orientation of migratory songbirds in the Gulf of Maine region. Kristen M. Covino and Rebecca L. Holberton






How much variation in the molt duration of passerines can be explained by the growth rate of tail feathers? Iván de la Hera, Sonja V. Schaper, José A. Díaz, Javier Pérez-Tris, Staffan Bensch, and José Luis Tellería




Parasites and Disease


The effect of coccidians on the condition and immune profile of molting House Sparrows (Passer domesticus). Péter László Pap, Csongor István Vágási, Gábor Árpád Czirják, Adriana Titilincu, Adela Pintea, Gergely Osváth, Attila Fülöp, and Zoltán Barta




Injecting the mite into ecological immunology: Measuring the antibody response of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) challenged with hematophagous mites. Marisa O. King, Jeb P. Owen, and Hubert Schwabl






A phylogeographic and population genetic analysis of a widespread, sedentary North American bird: The Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus). John Klicka, Garth M. Spellman, Kevin Winker, Vivien Chua, and Brian T. Smith




Population Biology and Demography


Geographic variation in morphology of Alaska-breeding Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) is not maintained on their nonbreeding grounds in New Zealand. Jesse R. Conklin, Phil F. Battley, Murray A. Potter, and Dan R. Ruthrauff




Reproductive and Breeding Biology


Variation in laying date and clutch size: The Everglades environment and the endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis). Rebecca L. Boulton, Ben Baiser, Michelle J. Davis, Thomas Virzi, and Julie L. Lockwood




Yolk and feather carotenoids in relation to female condition and reproduction in the Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus). Jennifer L. Newbrey and Wendy L. Reed




Planning for sea-level rise: Quantifying patterns of Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) nest flooding under current sea-level conditions. Trina S. Bayard and Chris S. Elphick




Nest survival and density of Cackling Geese (Branta hutchinsii) inside and outside a Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii) colony. Frank B. Baldwin, Ray T. Alisauskas, and James O. Leafloor






Spreading the word: The ecology of urban birds outside the United States, Canada, and western Europe. Rubén Ortega-Álvarez and Ian MacGregor-Fors




Molt, orientation, and avian speciation. Sievert Rohwer and Darren E. Irwin






In Memoriam: Bertram George Murray, Jr., 1933–2010. Joseph R. Jehl, Jr.




In Memoriam: Warren Mark Pulich, 1919–2010. Charles R. Brown




In Memoriam: Jürgen Haffer, 1932–2010. Hans Winkler






Book Reviews. Edited by R. Todd Engstrom






100 Years Ago in the American Ornithologists' Union. Kimberly G. Smith







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