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

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Oktober 2007



"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


Foreword by John W. Fitzpatrick ix Acknowledgments xi Scope and Purpose 1 Birds as Indicators 5 The State of North American Bird Populations 9 Major Conservation Issues Affecting North America's Birds 18 The State of Bird Conservation in North America and Beyond 33 What You Can Do 42 Species Accounts Emperor Goose (Chen canagica) 47 Brant (Branta bernicla) 49 Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) 53 American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 56 Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 59 Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri) 62 Spectacled Eider (Somateria fischeri) 65 Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) 68 Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) 72 "Blue" Grouse, including Dusky (Dendragapus obscurus) and Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) 75 Greater Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido) 79 Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) 83 Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae) 86 Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii) 89 Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) 91 Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) 94 Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) 96 Bermuda Petrel (Pterodroma cahow) 99 Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) 102 Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) 104 Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) 106 Ashy Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa)108 Black Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma melania) 110 Least Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma microsoma)113 Red-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax urile) 116 California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) 118 Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) 121 Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis) 125 Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) 129 Whooping Crane (Grus americana) 133 American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) 137 Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 142 Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) 145 Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) 149 Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) 154 Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis) 159 Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 163 Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) 169 Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) 172 Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 176 Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) 180 Red Knot (Calidris canutus) 183 Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis) 188 Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 193 American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 199 Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) 203 Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni) 208 Red-legged Kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris) 211 Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) 214 Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) 217 Kittlitz's Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) 221 Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) 224 Craveri's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus craveri) 227 White-crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala) 229 Green Parakeet (Aratinga holochlora) 232 Thick-billed Parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) 236 Red-crowned Parrot (Amazona viridigenalis) 240 Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) 244 Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) 248 Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 251 Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) 255 Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) 259 Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) 262 Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) 267 Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapillus) 271 Gray Vireo (Vireo vicinior) 274 Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) 277 Island Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma insularis) 280 Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) 282 Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) 284 California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) 287 Bicknell's Thrush (Catharus bicknelli) 290 Bendire's Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) 293 Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii) 296 Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii) 299 Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) 303 Virginia's Warbler (Vermivora virginiae) 306 Colima Warbler (Vermivora crissalis) 308 Lucy's Warbler (Vermivora luciae) 310 Golden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia) 312 Grace's Warbler (Dendroica graciae) 315 Kirtland's Warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii) 318 Prairie Warbler (Dendroica discolor) 321 Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea) 325 Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) 329 Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) 333 Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) 337 Swainson's Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii) 341 Kentucky Warbler (Oporornis formosus) 344 Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis) 347 Bachman's Sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis) 352 Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) 355 Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) 359 Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) 362 Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus) 366 Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) 369 McKay's Bunting (Plectrophenax hyperboreus) 373 Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) 375 Tricolored Blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) 378 Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 381 Appendix I. North American Birds of Conservation Concern Listed by Different Agencies and Organizations 385 Appendix II. Hawaiian Birds of Conservation Concern and Extinct Species 421 Appendix III. Mexican Government Official List of Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Bird Species 424 Appendix IV. Agencies and Organizations Involved in Bird Conservation 431 Illustration Credits 437 Index 439


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".


"In addition to the species account and useful tips, Wells' book includes useful information on the status of many other species in the continental United States as well as Hawaii and Mexico, lists of environmental organizations and other useful links. This is a book you will want to use often. It is a welcome addition to bird conservation literature."--Tom Palmer, Lakeland Ledger "An important summary of the state of bird conservation in North America...A reader-friendly and outstanding resource to bird conservation activity that could serve as a benchmark for many years to come. We strongly recommend this title."--Birding Community E-Bulletin "If you love birds and birding, get this book...The Birder's Conservation Handbook should prove to be a valuable guide to us all toward a future where birds continue to be abundant and a source of inspiration to our society."--Mark S. Garland, Tigrina Times "A no-nonsense guide to declining bird populations and what can be done to reverse their slide."--Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times "A great resource for anyone interested in making a difference in the future of the continent's imperiled bird life."--Lexington Herald Leader "A fine and needed reference."--Gerry Rising, Buffalo News "A considerable amount of information about the perils facing some of our feathered friends, including the emperor goose, yellow-billed loon and rusty blackbird. Some may say conservation is for the birds, but would the world really be a better place without the elegance of the trumpeter swan?"--John Mark Eberhart, Kansas City Star "[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 birder?s 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
EAN: 9780691123233
ISBN: 0691123233
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2007
Seitenanzahl: 452 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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