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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Contents

Birds as Indicators
5
Major Conservation Issues Affecting
18
The State of Bird Conservation in North
33
What You Can Do
42
Brant Branta bernicla
49
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
56
Stellers Eider Polysticta stelleri
64
Gunnison SageGrouse Centrocercus
72
Island ScrubJay Aphelocoma insularis
280
California Gnatcatcher Polioptila californica
287
BendiresThrasher Toxostoma bendirei
293
Goldenwinged Warbler Vermivora
303
Lucys Warbler Vermivora luciae
310
Kirtlands Warbler Dendroica kirtlandii
318
Baybreasted Warbler Dendroica castanea
325
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
333

Greater PrairieChicken Tympanuchus
79
Montezuma Quail Cyrtonyx montezumae
86
Blackfooted Albatross Phoebastria nigripes
94
Blackcapped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata
102
Ashy StormPetrel Oceanodroma homochroa108 Black StormPetrel Oceanodroma melania
110
Least StormPetrel Oceanodroma microsoma113 Redfaced Cormorant Phalacrocorax urile
116
Shortbilled Dowitcher Limnodromus
193
marmoratus
217
Swainsons Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii
341
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis
347
caudacutus
366
North American Birds of Conservation
385
Agencies and Organizations Involved
431
Illustration Credits
437
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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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