Book Review: The American Bird Conservancy Guide To Bird Conservation

Back to the review. This beautiful new book discusses the strategies the ABC and other organizations use to achieve their goals. High priority watchlist birds are presented with beautiful color illustrations, details on their conservation status, habitat and distribution, the threats they face, and what is being done or what must be done to help them. The sample image here shows four different threatened finch species.

Bird habitats of North America are also discussed, with important bird areas highlighted (international habitats are discussed separately). The habitats are shown using beautiful color composite mural-style drawings, showing several threatened bird species and the some of the dangers found in each habitat. General threats to birds are presented in detail as well. The small sample image here illustrates the Flint Hills IBA in Kansas and Oklahoma. An example of the large mural-style illustration of a bird habitat, Eastern Forests, is shown below.


With the turn of every page, the important information in this book is beautifully presented and illustrated. The text is informative and clear without being dry. I give The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation 5 Goldfinches out of 5.

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