Life without birds would be unthinkable. The skies would be empty, the woods would be silent. Birds are the only wildlife with which most people have daily visual contact; they have won the admiration of the human race. But alas, admiration is not enough to save them in this changing world.
One eighth of all species are now threatened with extinction. The author takes us to every corner of the world to see what contributes to this decline and what is happening to reverse it. Worldwide concern and determination are mounting to save birds.