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Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 13, No. 2, 2003. Copyright © 2003 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Used by permission.


The purported decline of populations of some of the most conspicuous and prized species of neotropical migrant birds has spawned something of a cottage industry. Beginning in the 1980s, many articles in the popular press, some of them wildly hyperbolic, predicted the imminent demise of much of North America's songbird fauna. One of the positive outcomes of this phenomenon has been a resurgence of research on migratory birds. In Saving Migratory Birds, John Faaborg takes a careful look at what we have learned in the two decades since the alarm was sounded and, just as important, what we still need to learn in order to understand what is going on with migratory bird populations.