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Silence Of The Songbirds: How We Are Losing The World's Songbirds and What We Can Do To Save Them

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2007 non-fiction book by Bridget Stutchbury

A distinguished scientist reveals how we are losing the world's songbirds, why this predicts widespread environmental problems, and what we all can do to save the birds and their habitats.    Wood thrush, Kentucky warbler, Eastern kingbird—migratory … see full wiki

Author: Bridget Stutchbury
Genre: Endangered Species
Publisher: Walker & Co.
Date Published: May 1, 2008
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What we all can do to help reverse this alarming trend.

  • Dec 1, 2008
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I am always very grateful when an author presents his or her subject matter in concise and easy to understand language.  I most certainly found this to be the case with "Silence of the Songbirds:  How We Are Losing The World's Songbirds and What We Can Do To Save Them".  Author Bridget Stutchbury, a professor of biology at York University in Toronto and a woman widely recognized as an international birding expert gives her readers plenty to ponder in her new book.  If you are reading about this subject for the very first time then you could not have chosen a better book to get up to speed on these issues.  And for those who have some familiarity with this topic "Silence of the Songbirds" provides lots of new and important information.

It seems that scientists have learned an awful lot about songbirds just in the past couple of decades.  And what remarkable lives they lead!  Innovative new technolgies have allowed scientists to tag and track birds in an effort to learn more about the breeding habits and migratory patterns of these magnificent creatures.  "Silence of the Songbirds" explores the many obstacles and threats facing birds like the wood thrush, Eastern kingbirds and Kentucky warblers to name but a few.  I simply had no idea of the scope of the problems that threaten the very existence of many of these species.  And while the main problem continues to be a loss of habitat for these birds there are also a host of other threats that they must reckon with.  Armed with well-researched facts and figures, Bridget Stansbury makes a compelling case that there will be serious long-term consequences not only to these birds but to our environment as well if we fail to deal with these problems in the near future.

Fortunately, Bridget Stutchbury offers a number of practical ways that each of one of us can help to make the world a more hospitable place for our fine feathered friends.  But while the individual choices we make can be helpful it is really not enough.  Write a letter to the editor and discuss these issues with family and friends.  How we choose to utilize our land and other natural resources is a conversation that we really need to have in this country.  In the meantime I strongly urge everyone to read "Silence of the Songbirds".  This is an extremely well written book that deserves your time and attention.  Highly recommended!
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July 20, 2009
Great Subject. They are remarkable birds.
 
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