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Bird Conservation: Global Evidence for the Effects of InterventionsArtist/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.
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 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 ConservationArtist/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 ConservationArtist/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.
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.
Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and ManagementArtist/Author: Colwell, Mark A.
Shorebirds are model organisms for illustrating the principles of ecology and excellent subjects for research. Their mating systems are as diverse as any avian group, their migrations push the limits of endurance, and their foraging is easily studied in the open habitats of estuaries and freshwater wetlands. This comprehensive text explores the ecology, conservation, and management of these fascinating birds. Beginning chapters examine phylogenetic relationships between shorebirds and other birds, and cover shorebird morphology, anatomy, and physiology. A section on breeding biology looks in detail at their reproductive biology. Because shorebirds spend much of their time away from breeding areas, a substantial section on non-breeding biology covers migration, foraging ecology, and social behaviour. The text also covers shorebird demography, population size, and management issues related to habitat, predators, and human disturbances. Throughout, it emphasizes applying scientific knowledge to the conservation of shorebird populations, many of which are unfortunately in decline.
Farmland Birds Across the WorldArtist/Author: van der Weijden, Woulter et al., editors.
The book has been written by seven experts in biology and agriculture and compiled by the Dutch Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CLM). It covers all the major farmland habitats of the world, from grasslands to rice fields, and from arable land to coffee cultivations. The book details more than 500 species of farmland birds, 160 of which are illustrated. It takes the reader on a journey; from common birds, such as the Cattle egret which is found across the globe, to such rarities as the Crested ibis in Chinese rice fields, the Crimson rosella in Australian orchards, and the Burrowing owl of North American grasslands. The diversity and beauty of farmland birds is overwhelming. Much of this birdlife, however, is in decline or under threat. The book identifies the many challenges that farmland birds face, such as intensification and greater mechanisation of farming. It also explores the opportunities available for protecting and supporting farmland birds, and highlights actions that can and have been taken.
The World’s Rarest BirdsArtist/Author: Hirschfeld, Erik, Andy Swash and Robert Still.
This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity. This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of these species – the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book. It also showcases paintings by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of the 75 species for which no photos are known to exist. This book has introductory chapters that explain the threats to birds, the ways threat categories are applied, and the distinction between threat and rarity. The book is divided into seven regional sections: Europe and the Middle East; Africa and Madagascar; Asia; Australasia; Oceanic Islands; North America, Central America, and the Caribbean; and, South America.
Each section includes an illustrated directory to the bird species under threat there, and gives a concise description of distribution, status, population, key threats, and conservation needs. This one-of-a-kind book also provides coverage of 62 data-deficient species.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Erik Hirschfeld works in air traffic control management and is a freelance writer, guide, and consultant in ornithology.
Andy Swash is a professional ecologist and former environmental adviser to the British government, and runs the photographic agency WorldWildlife Images.
Rob Still is an ecologist, widely travelled naturalist, and graphic artist who designs books that encourage people to take greater interest in the natural world.
Rare birds yearbook 2009: the world’s 190 most threatened birds.Artist/Author: Hirschfeld, Erik, editor.
This totally revised 2009 edition features the world’s 190 critically endangered birds, according to the latest IUCN redlist, www.iucnredlist.org. Over 130 photographs of the world’s rarest birds have been replaced since last year. New features in this edition cover varied topics such as the reintroduction of the Californian condor, philosophical conservation issues, the Preventing Extinctions initiative, and exciting encounter with one of the world’s rarest birds of prey and much more. A selection of endangered species are presented in a special feature along with photographs. The species’ texts have been fully updated in the majority of cases and are accompanied by distribution maps. The updated species-per-country list is still in there and the threats to each species are graphically presented. See also [stock id 31177].
Birds and wind farms: risk assessment and mitigation.Artist/Author: de Lucas, Manuela et al., editors.
Presents a scientific approach for the assessment of the hazard this new industry poses on bird populations.
The book is coordinated by three researchers from Donana Biological Station (Spanish Research Council) and written by different scientists of international recognition from different countries. It presents an objective overview of the various technologies and their potential effects on birds and bats; methods of minimizing the risk of adverse impacts; and gaps in the actual knowledge and how to tackle them.
The increasing number of wind farms around the world must be aware of the potential effects on birds and bats and get familiar with the methods of minimizing the risk of adverse impacts. The experts put a considerable emphasis on encouragement and improvement of the communication between the different interested and involved parties (wind power companies, scientists, ecologist, governments, technicians and lay people).
Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and ConservationArtist/Author: Bildstein, Keith L.
Many raptors, the hawks, eagles, and falcons of the world, migrate over long distances, often in impressively large numbers. Many avoid crossing wide expanses of water and follow “flyways” to optimize soaring potential. Atmospheric conditions and landscape features, including waterways and mountain ranges, funnel these birds into predictable bottlenecks through which thousands of daytime birds of prey may pass in a short time. Birders and ornithologists also congregate at these locations to observe the river of raptors passing overhead (as did hunters in the United States in the past and in some countries even today). Keith L. Bildstein has studied migrating raptors on four continents and directs the conservation science program at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania, the world’s first refuge for migratory birds of prey. In this book, he details the stories and successes of twelve of the world’s most important raptor-viewing spots, among them Cape May Point, New Jersey; Veracruz, Mexico; Kéköldi, Costa Rica; the Strait of Gibralter, Spain; and Elat, Israel. During peak migration, when the weather is right, the skies at these sites, as at Hawk Mountain, can fill with thousands of birds in a single field of view.Bildstein, whose knowledge of the phenomenon of raptor migration is comprehensive, provides an accessible account of the history, ecology, geography, science, and conservation aspects surrounding the migration of approximately two hundred species of raptors between their summer breeding sites and their wintering grounds. He summarizes current knowledge about how the birds’ bodies handle the demands of long-distance migration and how they know where to go. Migrating Raptors of the World also includes the ecological and conservation stories of several intriguing raptor migrants, including the Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Western Honey Buzzard, Northern Harrier, Grey-faced Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, and Amur Falcon.
Conserving bird biodiversity: general principles and their application.Artist/Author: Norris, Ken and Deborah J. Pain, editors.
The earth’s biodversity is currently being lost at an unprecedented rate. Conservationists attempt to reduce these losses by protecting and restoring species and habitats: correct information is vital. Using examples from bird conservation, this book describes and discusses the scientific principles conservationists use, and shows how these principles are applied to real problems. Conserving Bird Biodiversity takes a problem’-based approach, differing from other volumes that discuss either general conservation principles or practical techniques. It will be essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners in conservation biology and wildlife management. Also available in hardcover.