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An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in DangerArtist/Author: Maslen, Geoffrey
In An Uncertain Future, Geoffrey Maslen takes us into the fascinating lives of Australian birds, showing us how intelligent they are, the significant threats they face due to disappearing habitats and climate change and how essential these angels of the air are to our own survival. Soaring through the skies, light as the air itself, birds are the closest creatures we have to angels on the planet. They bring song and beauty to our lives, and they play a significant role in sustaining Earth’s ecosystems. But birds are also facing the threat of extinction. Drawing on numerous interviews with researchers and biologists studying birdlife in Australia and dozens of scientific reports from around the world, Maslen reveals a dire picture of what plummeting bird populations means for humanity.
Recovering Australian Threatened Species: A Book of HopeArtist/Author: Garnett, Stephen, Peter Latch, David Lindenmayer, John Woinarski (Editors)
An inspiring showcase of successful approaches and implementation methods for conservation.
Australia’s nature is exceptional, wonderful and important. But much has been lost, and the ongoing existence of many species now hangs by a thread. Against a relentless tide of threats to our biodiversity, many Australians, and government and non-government agencies, have devoted themselves to the challenge of conserving and recovering plant and animal species that now need our help to survive. This dedication has been rewarded with some outstanding and inspiring successes: of extinctions averted, of populations increasing, of communities actively involved in recovery efforts.
Recovering Australian Threatened Species showcases successful conservation stories and identifies approaches and implementation methods that have been most effective in recovering threatened species. These diverse accounts – dealing with threatened plants, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals – show that the conservation of threatened species is achievable: that it can be done and should be done. They collectively serve to inform, guide and inspire other conservation efforts. This is a book of hope and inspiration. It shows that with dedication, knowledge and support, we can retain and restore our marvellous natural heritage, and gift to our descendants a world that is as diverse, healthy and beautiful as that which we have inherited.
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species.Artist/Author: Forshaw, Joseph and Frank Knight.
Parrots are among the most distinctive and beautiful birds in the world. They are also among the most endangered bird groups, threatened by habitat loss through land clearance, the trapping of adults, and the taking of chicks from the nest for the international live-bird trade. Currently, a number of species are in danger of extinction. Vanished and Vanishing Parrots is a comprehensive reference, bringing together information on species that have become extinct or are in danger of becoming extinct. The book is organised into three regional sections: the Australasian Distribution, the Afro-Asian Distribution and the Neotropical Distribution. Each section contains a general introduction discussing the status of parrots in the region, with particular emphasis on threats that caused the extinction of species or are endangering extant species, and conservation measures being implemented or which should be implemented. Within the regional sections, species accounts provide up-to-date information on distribution, status, habitats, movements, calls, habits and breeding behaviour. Each account is accompanied by a magnificent colour plate by renowned artist Frank Knight.
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots will be a valuable reference for scientific, ornithological and avicultural organisations, as well as individual lovers of birds and of illustrated natural history books.
Birder’s conservation handbook: 100 North American birds at risk.Artist/Author: Wells, Jeffrey V.
A resource on the status of North America’s most threatened birds and what people can do to help protect them. This book helps birders and researchers understand the threats while providing actions to protect birds and their habitats. It also provides detailed species accounts, including distribution maps, and practical advice on conservation.
Bird monitoring methods: a manual of techniques for key UK species.Artist/Author: Gilbert, Gillian et al.
First published by the RSPB in 1998, this book is a practical guide to surveying and monitoring techniques. It gives instructions for more than 120 UK bird species, mainly those of conservation concern. Methods used in the UK’s main national bird monitoring schemes are also outlined with advice on how to participate in them. In addition, the publication provides advice on the reliability of the methods, sampling, statistics and species protection. An essential reference for all involved in bird monitoring programmes not only in the UK but overseas as well.
Bird conservation: global evidence for the effects of interventions.Artist/Author: Williams, David R., et al.
Brings together scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of wild birds. The authors worked with an international group of bird experts and conservationists to develop a global list of interventions that could benefit wild birds. For each intervention, this book summarises studies captured by the Conservation Evidence project. It looks at where that intervention has been tested and its effects on birds quantified. The result is a thorough guide to what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of bird conservation actions throughout the world. Also available in hardcover [stock id 35433].
Facing extinction: the world’s rarest birds and the race to save them.Artist/Author: Donald, Paul, Nigel Collar, Stuart Marsden and Deborah J. Pain.
Almost two hundred species of birds have become extinct in the past 400 years, and a similar number today are in imminent danger of following them. The world’s conservationists are leading the fight to prevent the demise of these remaining critically endangered birds, with a fair degree of success. This new book examines the process and issues concerning extinction – how and why it happens and what can be done about it. Whilst man is to blame for many of the causes, such as persecution and habitat loss, species have become extinct on a regular basis since life began. After several thought-provoking introductory chapters, the book showcases about 20 species on the brink of extinction from around the world and describes the work that is being undertaken to save them. Some are success stories, but a few are not. This is a subject close to the hearts of all birders and ornithologists and this book, written by a team of leading conservationists, will strike a chord in most of them.
Urban bird ecology and conservation.Artist/Author: Lepczyk, Christopher A. and Paige S. Warren.
With over half of the world’s population lives in cities, the study of birds in urban ecosystems has emerged at the forefront of ornithological research. An international team of leading researchers in urban bird ecology and conservation from across Europe and North America presents the state of this diverse field, addressing classic questions while proposing new directions for further study. Areas of particular focus include the processes underlying patterns of species shifts along urban-rural gradients, the demography of urban birds and the role of citizen science, and human-avian interaction in urban areas. This important reference fills a crucial need for scientists, planners, and managers of urban spaces and all those interested in the study and conservation of birds in the world’s expanding metropolises.
Fighting for birds: 25 years in nature conservation.Artist/Author: Avery, Mark.
Devoted to birds and wildlife since childhood, Mark’s early scientific research at Oxford, Aberdeen and the RSPB provided a solid background for his management, ambassadorial, and political lobbying activities which were to follow. In this book, Mark mixes a great many stories from his professional life at the RSPB with personal anecdotes and passionate arguments on past and present issues in bird and nature conservation. He shows us something of the many scientists whose work paves the way for conservation action, places domestic conservation into an international context, takes us behind the scenes to glimpse the politicians who have worked with him, or against him, along the way. Mark leaves us armed with practical tips and a guiding philosophy to take wildlife conservation though the troubled years that lie ahead. A personal, philosophical and political history of 25 years of bird conservation, this book provides an instructive and amusing read for all those who would like a glimpse into the birds and wildlife conservation world what the issues are, what must be done, how it can be done, and the challenges, highs and lows involved.
Endangered birds.Artist/Author: Walters, Martin.
Comprehensive in scope and content, this book has been written by an acknowledged natural history expert, with the support of BirdLife International, a pivotal organization in the conservation of birds. Displays species that are vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. Detailed summaries of the pressures that threaten birds around the world. Descriptions of the major habitats of the world and the threats to them and their bird fauna. The conservation actions that are in place to rescue threatened bird species. Encyclopaedic in scope, this book features all 1,227 species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, thoroughly detailing the environmental pressures and conservation prescriptions that hold their futures in the balance.
About the author.
Martin Walters is a writer, editor and naturalist based in Cambridge, England. He studied zoology at the University of Oxford and spent several years as Biological sciences editor at the Cambridge University Press, where he was responsible for developing the botany, ecology, and natural history lists. His particular interests lie in birds and bird song, travel and he is also a field botanist, with a special interest in vegetation, habitats and conservation.
A field guide to monitoring nests.Artist/Author: Ferguson-Lees, James, Richard Castell and Dave Leech.
This title is intended as an aid to those involved in monitoring nests for research and conservation purposes. Written and illustrated by experts, this guide contains a wealth of information for 145 British and Irish species, together with introductory sections on nest-monitoring techniques, nest identification, legislation, the BTO Nest Record Scheme and nest-finding skills.
Conservation of tropical birds.Artist/Author: Sodhi, Navjot S. et al.
Written by four conservation biologists whose expertise spans all the tropical regions of the world. It is the first book to cover all the major issues in tropical bird conservation. Current problems faced by tropical bird conservationists are summarised and potential solutions outlined based on the results of case studies. Birds are key indicators of ecosystem health, and such a well-studied group of organisms, that they provide an excellent lens through which to examine global conservation problems caused by phenomena such as climate change, declines in ecosystem services, habitat loss, fires, overexploitation, and invasive species. Therefore, the book also provides an engaging synopsis of the general issues in conservation and the problems faced by other wildlife. This book will serve as an important resource and companion to all people interested in observing and conserving birds in the tropics and elsewhere.