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Saving Birds

Heroes around the world

Saving Birds

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In SAVING BIRDS, by Pete Salmansohn and Stephen W. Kress, we learn there are many kinds of heroes in our world. In six multicolor, multicultural stories we’ll learn about grownups and young people fighting against the odds to save wild birds–and about the birds themselves, some on the brink of extinction. Puppet shows are part of a Protection Through Pride program educating the indigenous people of the cloud forests of Chiapas, Mexico, so that they’ll join efforts to stop the habitat destruction and poaching threatening the colorful quetzals that share their forests. On Devil’s Slide Rock off the coast off California, we’ll watch young scientists brave the crashing surf and steep cliffs to restore a colony murres wiped out in an oil spill. Despite the tensions of war in Israel, work continues to keep a handsome falcon from disappearing, and in the vast and rural wetlands of southcentral China, we’ll see how the fates of black-necked cranes and impoverished villagers are tied together. Herculean efforts in New Zealand have helped save the black robin, once the world’s rarest songbird, and we’ll learn how an international team from the American zoos and organizations in Sarawak has come up with a surprising plan to save jungle hornbills from being hunted for their feathers.

 

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In SAVING BIRDS, by Pete Salmansohn and Stephen W. Kress, we learn there are many kinds of heroes in our world. In six multicolor, multicultural stories we’ll learn about grownups and young people fighting against the odds to save wild birds–and about the birds themselves, some on the brink of extinction. Puppet shows are part of a Protection Through Pride program educating the indigenous people of the cloud forests of Chiapas, Mexico, so that they’ll join efforts to stop the habitat destruction and poaching threatening the colorful quetzals that share their forests. On Devil’s Slide Rock off the coast off California, we’ll watch young scientists brave the crashing surf and steep cliffs to restore a colony murres wiped out in an oil spill. Despite the tensions of war in Israel, work continues to keep a handsome falcon from disappearing, and in the vast and rural wetlands of southcentral China, we’ll see how the fates of black-necked cranes and impoverished villagers are tied together. Herculean efforts in New Zealand have helped save the black robin, once the world’s rarest songbird, and we’ll learn how an international team from the American zoos and organizations in Sarawak has come up with a surprising plan to save jungle hornbills from being hunted for their feathers.

Reviews:

“Grade 5-8 From Mexico to Malaysia, concerned scientists and natural refuge workers are trying to save birds whose habitats have been altered by farming, logging, oil spills, hunting, or the use of pesticides. This title details the work and efforts of six teams to save as many species. In the case of the quetzal in Mexico and the black-necked crane in China, appeals were made to the native populations about the role of the birds in their history and the need to protect them. After a shipping oil spill killed a colony of common murres at Devil’s Slide Rock in California, the settlement money awarded was used to establish a decoy colony to attract breeding murres. Glorious, color photos illustrate the often-difficult-to-reach habitats of some of the birds, such as the black robins of New Zealand; the cooperation of Palestinian and Israeli youth as together they built nesting boxes for the lesser kestrels; and the use of turkey feathers for ceremonial dances on Sarawak. Address and Web-site information is provided for each of the projects described. This slim book packs in lots of information and presents it in a conversational style. It’s sure to increase awareness of environmental and human factors that affect all creatures.” -Pam Spencer Holley, Young Adult Literature Specialist, Virginia Beach

“Under the auspices of the Audubon Society, the authors of Project Puffin (1997) offer further examples of efforts to bring avian species back from the brink of extinction. They recount efforts to aid common murres, the Mexican quetzal, Israeli kestrels, black cranes, Malaysian hornbills, and black robins. For each species they discuss how the bird became endangered and the methods employed to help the creatures survive, ranging from removing eggs from murres and kestrels for incubation elsewhere and convincing humans not to kill hornbills to protecting the habitats of cranes and quetzals. Striking, full-color photographs accompany each section, depicting the birds in their natural habitats and the humans intervening on their behalf. Appended contact information for each project will be welcomed by children concerned about the future of world wildlife.” Kay Weisman, Booklist: Gr. 4-7

“…diversity and ecology into one package…it’s compellingly written…Each solution is different, tailored to the culture…environment…” -Maine Sunday Telegram, June 15, 2003

“…easy-to-read, conversational style…Beautiful color photographs accompany each of the stories…resource information in the back of the book…” -Flying WILD, Winter 2007

“…heroes use their imaginations to ‘think out-side the box’…encourage volunteerism and activism, in and out of the classroom.” -Birdtimes Magazine, August 2003

“…remarkable stories of six individuals around the world who went to amazing lengths to save dying populations of birds.” -Yellow Brick Road, March/April 2003

“…six tales of modern environmental heroes…these tales give hope to young people that they can make a difference.” -Clearing:Environmental Education Resources For Teachers, Spring 2003

“Any child…will be inspired…Stories of real heroes are too few and far between for today’s children.” — Birding Business Magazine, Spring 2004

“Bountiful color photos and captivating text enhance the reading experience and convey a ‘can-do’ spirit…” -Lincoln County News, December 129, 2002

“By the book’s end, I was in awe of the dedication, time and effort of these aptly described heroes.” -Habitat, Summer 2003

“…six unique stories of conservation action…helped save endangered and threatened birds…contains a message of optimism and hopfulness.” -Greenwich Citizen, April 18, 2003

“Lavishly illustrated with color photos…a useful list of resources for each type of bird…an excellent teaching tool.” -Center For Environmental Education

Honors and Awards:

John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers

Outstanding Children’s Science Trade Book, CBC / NSTA

Best Books, Science Books & Films

Editor’s Choice, Audubon Magazine

WHY READ THIS BOOK?

Empowering stories of heroes young and old who have saved threatened bird populations.

Topic:

Animal stewardship.
Problem:

Human populations adversely affect bird populations.

About the Author:

Pete Salmonsohn and Steve Kress are the authors of Project Puffin and its teacher’s guide, Giving Back to the Earth, which may also be used with this book. Pete Salmansohn is an educator for Audubon, was named Maine’s Environmental Educator of the Year in 1998, and in 2001 received a Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Steve Kress is Audubon’s vice president for bird conservation and director of Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program.

Additional Information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 x 10.00 x 1.016 in
Author

Pete Salmansohn, Stephen W. Kress

Format

Hardcover

ISBN

978-0-88448-237-6

Pages

40

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