America's Endangered Birds: Programs and People Working to Save Them

America's Endangered Birds: Programs and People Working to Save Them

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 1979
Series: Vanishing Wildlife

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Description

Here a noted naturalist investigates the plight of six American birds on the verge of extinction. Devoting a chapter to each, Mr. McClung discusses the history of the species, the conditions that have endangered it, and the desperate attempts being made to preserve it.

The whooping crane was once found over much of North America, but by 1941 no more than fifteen migratory birds were left. America's national emblem, the bald eagle, is still common in Alaska, but is vanishing in the lower forty-eight states. The brown-pelican population has diminished for the same reason as that of the eagle—DDT and other pesticides in their food supply. The California condor suffers from human disturbances, and the Kirtland's warbler is plagued by an aggressive natural enemy that parasitizes its nest. The sixth bird, the ivory-billed woodpecker, is dependent on a rapidly disappearing habitat, the great Southern hardwood forests. A final chapter reviews programs designed to help other endangered species.

The disturbing situation of these birds is made that much more poignant by George Founds' beautiful black-and-white drawings.

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