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

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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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"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 Americas 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 Americas 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

About the Author:

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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