"Hands down, this is the most important book of the year, one every birdwatcher should own. It provides distribution, threats, and conservation status for all 212 Watch List species in the United States. It describes the habitats all birds rely on—the authors have organized these into twelve beautiful 'birdscapes.' . . . It analyzes the human causes of bird mortality. And most important, it lays out an achievable plan of action for safeguarding our country's rich birdlife and how you can help."
“The particular beauty of this book is that it’s not just another shout of crisis. It also lays out a concrete and achievable plan of long-term action to safeguard our country’s rich bird life. . . . Even if you’re only a little bit interested in birds, and have never thought much about bird conservation, you’ll appreciate the visual power and intellectual scope of these pages.”
"A fine layman’s introduction to the species and regions that ABC believes need the most conservation. It is for today’s birders what Roger Tory peterson’s guide was for Americans in 1934, a specialist’s gift to the curious layman.”--Books and Culture
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“This appears to be a first of its kind, a guide of needed conservation actions across the Western Hemisphere with particular emphasis on the United States. . . . It is my hope that this informative and delightful volume will entice more people to become involved in conservation.”
(Mark Robbins Quarterly Review of Biology
About the Author
Michael J. Parr is vice president, George H. Fenwick is president, and Daniel J. Lebbin is conservation biologist at the American Bird Conservancy.