Worldwatch Paper #165: Winged Messengers: The Decline of Birds
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Author: Howard Youth
Publication Date: March 2003
Birds inspire people with their beauty, song, and powers of flight. But birds cannot fly far enough to escape the dangers posed by our modern, ever-more-crowded world. Birds are under threat as never before; at least 103 species have vanished since 1800, and as many as 1,200 of the world's 9,800 bird species face extinction within the century. Birds require many of the same things we need for a sustainable future, and their alarming decline is a warning signal.
In Winged Messengers: The Decline of Birds, Howard Youth explores bird declines around the world and the various threats facing birds and other wildlife sharing their habitats, and he shares what we must do to chart a course to a better future for them—and for other living beings, including ourselves.