|From the tufted
puffin in the Pacific Northwest to the hook-billed hermit in the
Brazilian rainforest, birds suffer from the effects of climate change
in every corner of the globe. Scientists have found declines of up to
90 percent in some troubled bird populations and unprecedented
reproductive failure in others. The most recent studies suggest dire
prospects: 1,227 avian species are threatened with extinction and an
additional 838 near-threatened species are urgent priorities for
|As much an indispensable guide
as a timely call to action, Bird Watch is an
illustrated tour of these endangered birds and their habitats.
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.
After introducing readers to the main threats to birds and regions at
high risk, Bird
Watch presents a visually stunning and scientifically accurate
flight over the major bird habitats, including tropical forests;
temperate and northern forests; deserts; mountains; grasslands; and
Mediterranean, marine, freshwater, and oceanic islands.
The volume concludes with an overview of bird species by
region—categorized by family within each region, and a guide to
the world’s best birding sites. Produced in cooperation with
BirdLife International, Bird Watch is a
celebration of the beauty and diversity of birds and their
habitats—and a warning of the dangers they face around the world.
Survey of Planet Earth's Changing Ecosystems
by Martin Walters
University Of Chicago Press, 2011