Birder's Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk

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Princeton University Press, Apr 18, 2010 - Nature - 464 pages
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Until now there has been no single, comprehensive resource on the status of North America's most threatened birds and what people can do to help protect them. Birder's Conservation Handbook is the only book of its kind, written specifically to help birders and researchers understand the threats while providing actions to protect birds and their habitats. Jeffrey Wells has distilled vast amounts of essential information into a single easy-to-use volume-required reading for anyone who loves birds and wants to ensure they are protected. At-a-glance species accounts cover in detail North America's one hundred most at-risk birds; each account is beautifully illustrated by today's top bird artists. The text includes status, distribution, ecology, threats, conservation actions and needs, and references. A distribution map accompanies each entry. Chapters discuss birds as indicators of environmental health, the state of North American bird populations, major conservation issues, and initiatives now underway to improve the health of North America's birds.

Birder's Conservation Handbook is an indispensable resource for birdwatchers, researchers, naturalists, and conservationists. Reading it will inspire you to become an active steward of our birds and the habitats we share.

  • A comprehensive guide to North America's one hundred most at-risk birds and how to protect them
  • Compact and easy to use, with beautiful illustrations and data organized for convenient, at-a-glance reference
  • Detailed species accounts, including distribution maps
  • Practical advice on conservation
  • Information on leading conservation agencies and resources

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Scope and Purpose
Birds as Indicators
The State of North American Bird Populations
Major Conservation Issues Affecting North Americas Birds
The State of Bird Conservation in North America and Beyond
What You Can Do
Species Accounts
Appendix I North American Birds of Conservation Concern Listed by Different Agencies and Organizations
Appendix II Hawaiian Birds of Conservation Concern and Extinct Species
Appendix III Mexican Government Official List of Endangered Threatened and Special Concern Bird Species
Appendix IV Agencies and Organizations Involved in Bird Conservation
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Jeffrey V. Wells is senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative, visiting fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and former director of bird conservation for the National Audubon Society. A nationally acclaimed bird expert and conservation biologist, he is widely published in both academic and popular settings and is the author of Important Bird Areas in New York State.

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