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Songs For Saving Birds

Songs For Saving Birds

 

Endangered Australian birds (credit: Songs of Disappearance)

 

A book and CD on endangered Australian birds is climbing the charts with recordings of their songs. Songs of Disappearance has already passed record sales of ABBA, Mariah Carey, and Michael Buble. The book and sound recordings are a collaboration between nature sound recordist David Stewart, Bowerbird Collective, BirdLife Australia, and Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.

 

          

     Endangered Palm cockatoo (credit: Dave Newman/Birdlife Australia)

The publishing project was conceived and released to coninside with the Action Plan released by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Every 10 years, the CSIRO reviews the status of Aussie birds. The latest plan is the Agency's most comprehensive to date and resulted from consulting hundreds of the most respected Australian birders. Besides endangered species the report also includes over 60 species no longer considered threatened. Their improved status is primarily due to sustained bird conservation and restoration efforts by groups and individuals implementing previous 10-year plans.

The success of the remarkable new bird book and accompanying field recordings has surprised and enheartened the authors. A news segment and a sampling of birdsongs explains the enthusiasm and support shown by Australians for their wild avian companions.

All funds realized from book sales go to Birdlife Australia for their 'grassroots' projects to protect and restore populations of threatened birds in that vast country. Others should learn from the Aussies and follow their intelligent, pro-active, conservation efforts for their own birds. WHB

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