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Published in The Prairie Naturalist 35(4): December 2003. Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society


The "rubber hits the road" in conservation when the landowning public involved. Researchers and amateur birders know that populations of many species of neotropical migrant birds are declining because of habitat loss and many natural- and human-caused dangers. However, the landowners may not know what neotropical migrants are or that they are in peril. This excellent booklet and enclosed pamphlet are intended to educate landowners along the Mississippi River blufflands in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota about neotropical migrant birds and their plight. Furthermore, it tactfully attempts to inspire concern about neotropical migrants and explains how management can help. While the editing isn't perfect, both the booklet and pamphlet are effective in presenting information and persuasive arguments for conservation.