Conserving Birds in the Americas: Computer Modeling Tools for Conservation Planning
Birds are special to many of us, from backyard feeder-watchers to active birders and duck hunters, all the way to professional ornithologists and wildlife biologists. They are also inspiring and fascinating for their beauty and song, their ability to live in hostile environments, their long-distance migrations, and for some, their strangeness of appearance or behavior. From a broader perspective, birds provide valuable ecosystem services such as eating insect pests and carrion and pollinating flowers. They also are important indicators of ecosystem health, for the extirpation or extinction of a bird species that is particular about its habitat tells us that its habitat is compromised or gone.
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