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.
Debbie Pain is Director of Conservation at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and was formerly Head of International Research at the RSPB. Paul Donald is Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB and Editor-in-Chief of Ibis. Stuart Marsden is Reader in Conservation Ecology at Manchester Metropolitan University and Editor-in-chief of Bird Conservation International. Nigel Collar is Leventis Fellow in Conservation Biology at BirdLife International, and is the author of numerous books, papers and articles on threatened birds.
"immensely accessible to the general reader and beautifully illustrated"
- The Independent (September 2010)
- thetraveleditor.com (February 2011)
"Knowing the problem may be the first step, and this book can help with that."
- Birds (May 2011)