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Saving Birds: Heroes Around the World

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Can they do it? Can they save black robins from extinction in New Zealand when there are only five left in the world? Will they be able to use puppet shows and posters in the rainforests of Mexico to protect the colorful quetzel? Will an environmental problem and a people problem in China be solved so that cranes and local farmers can both thrive? In Israel, can scientists and children and neighbors work against the backdrop of war to save a little falcon? And will decoys and mirrors and sound recordings fool a ...
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Overview

Can they do it? Can they save black robins from extinction in New Zealand when there are only five left in the world? Will they be able to use puppet shows and posters in the rainforests of Mexico to protect the colorful quetzel? Will an environmental problem and a people problem in China be solved so that cranes and local farmers can both thrive? In Israel, can scientists and children and neighbors work against the backdrop of war to save a little falcon? And will decoys and mirrors and sound recordings fool a handsome seabird into nesting safely again on Devil's Slide Rock off the coast of California?

The teacher's guide Giving Back to the Earth is ideal for this book.

Profiles adults and children working in six habitats around the world to save wild birds, some of which are on the brink of extinction.

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John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers, 2004 Outstanding Children's Science Trade Book - Children's Book Council, National Association of Science Teachers Best Books
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Black Robins, hornbills, black cranes, lesser kestrels, quetzals, and common mures are species of birds rescued from possible extinction by remarkable people who care about the future of these wonderful animals. Protecting and increasing the numbers of these birds has been very hard work, and on occasion has required that the scientists and their helpers perform what amounts to a miracle or two. At one time there were five black robins left in the world. Thankfully, Don Merton and a team of helpers got on the job and by 1999 the number was up to 250, a remarkable achievement attributable to the resourcefulness of the scientists and the cooperation of two hard working female black robins. In Chiapas, Mexico, a pair of puppeteers tells a story about a beautiful quetzal called Rainbow, teaching schoolchildren about the need to protect the quetzal and its environment. Despite a difficult political situation, scientists have recruited children to help them protect and study the lesser kestrel in Israel. Ingenuity has helped protect and recover the Sarawak hornbill and the common mure. Hornbills have beautiful plumage prized by local tribal peoples. Luckily, Liz Bennet and her companions noticed that white turkey feathers look very much like those used by the tribal people. A little paint and you couldn't tell the difference. Deception has also been used in California where common mures have been cajoled to return to an old breeding ground by the clever use of mirrors, decoys and sound recordings. In China a dedicated group of environmentalists raised money to save the black crane by building a wetlands infrastructure that would benefit both the people living nearby and the cranes. In theclassroom children could discuss how they would go about protecting an endangered species that they know about. 2003, Tilbury House,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 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, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884482765
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 39
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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