Sources and Resources for "Bye Bye, Birdie"

Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
The latest on the ivory-billed woodpecker.

Global biodiversity outlook:
Reports from the Secretariat of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

Millenium Ecosystem Asessment:
A peer-reviewed, U.N.-coordinated effort to gather information about ecosystems, how they benefit humans, and how humans are changing them.

Norman Myers, The Sinking Ark: A New Look at the Problem of Disappearing Species (Oxford and New York: Pergamon, 1980).

Norman Myers and Julian L. Simon, Scarcity or Abundance? A Debate on the Environment (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1994). A “believer” debates a “skeptic.”

Stuart L. Pimm, Gareth J. Russell, John L. Gittleman, and Thomas M. Brooks, “The future of biodiversity,” Nature 269:347-350, 1995. Key scientific paper summarizing various attempts to quantify species extinction, and setting out probably the most widely accepted current approach to this problem.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

Conservation International information on biodiversity hotspots:

J.A. Thomas et al., “Comparative losses of British butterflies, birds, and plants in the global extinction crisis,” Science 303:1879-1881, 2004.

Norman Myers et al., “Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities,” Nature 403:853-858, 2000.

Callum M. Roberts et al., “Marine biodiversity hotspots and conservation priorities for tropical reefs,” Science 295:1280-1284, 2000.

Stuart L. Pimm and Robert A. Askins, “Forest losses predict bird species extinctions in eastern North America,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 92:9343-9347, 1995.

Chris D. Thomas et al., “Extinction risk from climate change,” Nature 427:145-148, 2004.