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Explains why birders take their hobby to other countries and where they like to go, in a continent-by-continent overview of which birds are most highly sought that includes color photos, maps, and birding contacts.
he story of how an ordinary birdwatcher retired from full time working and started living his dream of exploring as many of the world's bird species as possible on a limited income. The book covers journeys to Ethiopia, California, Colombia, Malaysia and Scotland; some with the aid of professional bird guides and some without. In non-technical language the author describes the birds he found in each country, with information on their distinctive characteristics and conservation status. His aim was to discover just how many of the world's bird species are surviving and what help they need in the face of all the pressures that humans put on them. Along the way are evocative descriptions of the places visited and warm descriptions of the many people who helped with the author's quest. The result is an optimistic analysis that most if not all of the bird species in the world can be conserved, making efforts to safeguard them worthwhile. But more action needs to be taken quickly. All profits from the book will be donated to the Birdlife International 'Preventing Extinctions Programme'. Work has already begun on the next volume entitled 'More grey-haired global birding'.
Roy and Jan have assembled a timely snapshot of our current understanding of ecotourism, both as a concept worthy of scientific inquiry and as an increasingly significant segment of global commerce and industry. A terrific piece of work! Sam Ham, University of Idaho, US In the 30 or so year since it became established in the tourism literature and in tourism practice, ecotourism has attracted as many proponents as opponents. This Handbook now brings together some of the leading scholars worldwide in this field, to explore the current position of this form of tourism. In doing so, it offers serious critiques, it explores meanings and paradoxes, it offers best practices and it looks to the future. It is the Handbook for one of tourisms fastest growing and controversial sectors. David Airey, University of Surrey, UK This is a most welcome and needed book. With a very strong editorial team and contributing authors, the Handbook covers all the key issues of ecotourism. It cuts through the confusion surrounding the much-misunderstood concept of ecotourism, clearly dealing with definitions, concepts and research issues. The Handbook is particularly welcome for its focus on the visitor experience, a strength of the editors, and for clearly linking the theory of ecotourism with practice in the field. Christopher Cooper, Oxford Brookes University, UK This Handbook brings together contributions from over forty international experts in the field of ecotourism. It provides a critical review and discussion of current issues and concepts it challenges readers to consider the boundaries of what ecotourism is, and could be. The Handbook provides practical information regarding the business of ecotourism; insights into ecotourist behaviour and visitor experiences; and reflections on the practice of ecotourism in a range of different contexts. The Handbook is designed to be a valuable reference book for tourism scholars and researchers.
There are 10,000 species of birds in the world, in 2015 Noah Strycker spotted 6,042 of them entering the Guinness Book of World Records. Noah Strycker set himself a goal: to become the first person to see half the world's birds in one year. Traveling to 41 countries, on all seven continents, with a backpack, binoculars and a series of one-way tickets, it was the greatest adventure in birding. Noah journeys to Madagascar, India, Central Africa and South America and meets a colourful cast of fellow birders across the world. He discovers a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation and conservation triumphs, and finds that sometimes the rarest birds show up in the most familiar of places. Birding Without Borders is a celebration of birdwatching and in exploring the world, Noah provides a lesson in living life to the full from a birder's perspective.
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