Saving Migrant Birds
Developing Strategies for the Future
244 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Sales Date: December 1, 2002
In the 1980s, numerous scientific surveys documented both declining bird populations, especially among Neotropical songbirds that winter in the tropics, and the loss of tropical rain forest habitat. Drawing the seemingly obvious conclusion, scientists and environmental activists linked songbird declines to loss of tropical habitats and alerted the world to an impending ecological catastrophe. Their warnings led to the establishment of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program, also known as Partners in Flight, the self-proclaimed largest conservation effort in history.
Looking back over more than a decade of efforts to save migrant birds, John Faaborg offers the first serious evaluation of the state of songbird populations today, the effectiveness of conservation programs such as Partners in Flight, and the reliability and completeness of scientific research on migrant birds. Taking neither an alarmist nor a complacent approach, he shows that many factors besides habitat loss affect bird populations and that Neotropical migrants as a group are not declining dramatically, though some species adapt to habitat alteration more successfully than others. Faaborg's state-of-the-art survey thus clarifies the kinds of information we will need and the conservation efforts we should undertake to ensure the long-term survival of Neotropical migrant birds.
~Scott K. Robinson, Professor and Head, Department of Animal Biology, University of Illinois
This book will attract a great deal of attention and some controversy, and it is very timely.... It presents a carefully and closely reasoned argument about the magnitude of the conservation problems facing migrant birds, how we can reduce these problems, and how current conservation efforts have enormous value even if there is no immediate crisis.
- List of Illustrations
- 1. What Are Neotropical Migrants and Why Are We Concerned?
- 2. The Breeding Bird Survey: So Simple Yet So Complex
- 3. Is There Other Evidence for Large-Scale Population Declines?
- 4. Fragmentation Studies: Real Evidence of Local Declines
- 5. What Happens on Habitat Fragments?
- 6. Rethinking Avian Demography: Understanding Landscapes, Sources, Sinks, and Dispersal
- 7. Modern Management Guidelines for Breeding Migrant Birds
- 8. Migrant Wintering Ecology: Characteristics and Constraints
- 9. Population Limitation in Winter: Theory and Evidence
- 10. Migration Ecology: A Limiting Factor?
- 11. Migrant Birds in the New Millennium: Where Are We?
- 12. Partners in Flight: How It Works and How You Can Help
- Appendix: List of Migrants for Partners in Flight
The publication of Saving Migrant Birds was made possible by the support of the Corrie Herring Hooks Endowment.