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Whether you live in a city, a suburb, or in the country, birds are a universal feature of our daily lives. So much so that, unfortunately, we often take them for granted. Even the casual observer is aware, also unfortunately, that birds don’t fill our skies in the numbers they once did.
That awareness has spawned conservation action that has led to notable successes, including the recovery of some of the nation’s most emblematic species, such as the Bald Eagle, Brown Pelican, Whooping Crane, and Peregrine Falcon. Despite this, a third of all American bird species are in trouble—in many cases, they’re in imminent danger of extinction.
The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation provides a classification system and threat analysis for bird habitats in the United States which is the most thorough and scientifically credible assessment of threats to birds published to date. There's also a new list of birds of conservation concern making this the most authoritative account ever published of the threats these species face.
Aside from being an important and inspiring reference for birders and anyone else interested in conserving North America’s bird population, The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation is filled with beautiful color illustrations and original range maps making it the most authoritative account ever published of the threats these species face.
Lest you think this is merely a cry for help about a crisis that is upon us, The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation also lays out a concrete and achievable plan of long-term action to safeguard our country’s rich bird life. Ultimately, it is an argument for hope. And, hope is all one can ask for.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Daniel J. Lebbin is conservation biologist at the American Bird Conservancy.
Michael J. Parr is vice president at the American Bird Conservancy.
George H. Fenwick is president at the American Bird Conservancy.