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Birder's Conservation Handbook:
100 North American Birds at Risk
Jeffrey V. Wells

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"[Wells] argues against gloom. New initiatives for saving wetlands or curbing energy benefit birds, and Wells calls for greener living as a vital act of bird conservation. He supports the theme by working through his list in a format that echoes a field guide. Each species gets an account packed with details of what's known about its problems and what conservationists are doing."--Science News

"There is no other book specifically aimed at informing birders and researchers of threats to birds with suggestions of conservation actions to protect birds and their habitats. Highly recommended."--Nancy Cannon, Booklist

"Birder's Conservation Handbook is chockablock full of information on 100 of North America's most vulnerable birds, and the references to back up their reported status."--Noreen O'Brien, Maine Coast Now

"This book details the conservation status of the 100 most threatened bird species in North America. Each concise account provides essential information on status and conservation, ecology, threats, conservation action, and conservation needs. This book is a valuable contribution to conservation literature, and one hopes it will find a wide readership."--J.C. Kricher, Choice

"A good summary of the biology and conservation status for 100 North American birds at risk. It also offers information on what we can do to lessen that risk."--Jim Williams, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This book details the status of 100 of North America's rarest and most interesting birds. Each species receives two to six pages of authoritative and fully referenced text detailing its status and conservation needs, plus a line-drawing and detailed distribution map. This is both a vital conservation document and a fascinating book to dip into."--Steve Gantlett, Birding World

"This book is a major contribution to North American bird conservation. It should be in the libraries of serious birders, ornithologists, conservation and wildlife biologists, naturalists, and wildlife photographers. Academic and larger public libraries also will want to add the book to their collections. Most highly recommended."--International Hawkwatcher

"This book presents both an overview of bird conservation in North America and a clear game plan for each species, and gives birder¹s hope that their own grandchildren will be able to enjoy the abundance and diversity birds that we have the privilege of seeing today. The prognosis is not good, however, unless drastic changes are made in our resource consumption, pesticide use, and basic priorities. What is good for birds is good for people, and the proverbial canary in the coal mine does hold true. This book is a fundamental resource for birders and ornithologists, and should be owned by just about anyone."--Bridget J. M. Stutchbury, Journal of Field Ornithology

"I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in bird and habitat conservation."--Rob Warnock, Blue Jay

"Conservation professionals and birders will find this to be a valuable resource."--C.R., Southeastern Naturalist

"Ordinary people need to get involved. Birder's Conservation Handbook provides the details for what is needed for these at risk species. Buy it. Read it. And put the knowledge to good use."--Wildlife Activist

"The author has succeeded in producing a useful guide to some of the most threatened bird species in North America while at the same time providing specific recommendations for action and suggestions on how to become involved in the effort to protect this great natural resource."--Charles F. Thompson, Ibis

"This is an extremely useful and informative, if rather depressing, book and I would recommend it on those grounds alone."--Eva Durance, Journal of the British Columbia Field Ornithologists


"Everyone who cares about birds should have a copy of this handbook. It goes beyond lists to explain exactly why the most threatened of North America's birds are at risk--and what every birder can do to make a positive difference. The fate of many of these birds is tied to issues that span continents, and even hemispheres: activities in faraway places are often crucial to their survival. This book highlights the international bird conservation work underway to help North America's at-risk species, giving the wider perspective that is so often overlooked. Readable, fascinating, and practical, it deserves a place beside your favorite field guide."--Leon Bennun, BirdLife International

"This is truly a bird guide for the new millennium. Jeff Wells has given us a resource that gives us a more realistic and three-dimensional view of bird life. In this book we can see the birds as part of a bigger picture that includes their environment--and we can see that the picture includes us as well, with our responsibility for ensuring the survival of the birds that we all enjoy."--Kenn Kaufman, author of Kingbird Highway

"At last ornithologists, birders, and conservation planners have between two covers an exhaustive and invaluable storehouse of information about the status of bird conservation in North America. Along with one hundred carefully chosen and exhaustively documented species accounts about birds at risk, the author has produced an outstanding overview and resource to bird conservation activity that should serve as a benchmark for many years to come."--Wayne R. Petersen, coauthor of Birds of New England and Birds of Massachusetts

"Simply admiring birds isn't enough-birders everywhere need to be actively engaged in preserving them, and Birder's Conservation Handbook gives them the knowledge and the tools to do just that. Jeff Wells has done a remarkable job of assembling the most up-to-date information on one hundred of North America's most imperiled species, and of providing a road map for how the average birder can work for their protection. This book is a gold mine."--Scott Weidensaul, author of Of a Feather and Living on the Wind

"This is an excellent book. It is well written and effectively organized, and the scholarship is very sound. The combination of an excellent general overview of North American bird conservation with detailed species accounts will greatly enhance birders' and non-birders' understanding and appreciation of conservation science."--David Haskell, University of the South

"The Birder's Conservation Handbook is a gold mine of information on North America's rarest and most vulnerable birds. No other book provides as much information on the threats to each species, the conservation measures that have been taken thus far, and the steps that still need to be taken to ensure the well-being of these birds. I highly recommend it."--David Wilcove, Princeton University

"An invaluable resource for birders and concerned citizens, giving us the cold hard facts on the alarming decline in dozens of species of birds and what is being done to save our beloved birds."--Bridget Stutchbury, author of Silence of the Songbirds

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File created: 4/21/2017

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