25 April 2013

Book Review: The World's Rarest Birds

For many people seeing the world’s rarest birds will never happen but the latest book from Princeton University Press will take you one step closer.  The World’s Rarest Birds by Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, and Robert Still provides the reader with an in-depth look at the changing avifauna of the world.  As many species are on the decline, I hope this book sparks some interest in bird conservation and protection.  The World’s Rarest Birds is divided into seven regional sections and provides breathtaking photos (some, the only ones known to exist for the species) and easy to understand maps and graphs.  The colors pop off the page as each bird species is given its own write-up and a photo, if one is available.  Birding hotspots where endangered birds exist are also covered with special pages that allow you to get a betting understanding of the area these endangered species live in.  This is a book that is both educational and enlightening.  I plan to give my copy to one of my high school students that volunteers at the nature center.  She’s going to Harvard this fall and plans to study biology and specifically study ways to bring species back from the brink of extinction.   I hope this volume inspires her and serves as a beacon to solving some of the world’s biodiversity decline.

This review copy was provided by Princeton University Press.

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