This interactive, multimedia publication offers key facts on the life and habits of more than 500 bird species that reside, visit or have been spotted in Spain, along with their distribution patterns and the threats that confront them.
As well as the recreational and learning side of the bird-watching world, the encyclopedia describes the campaigns being conducted by environmentalist NGOs in favor of their conservation, and informs citizens wishing to get involved on how they can best contribute to this effort.
The first edition of this DVD-book runs to 60,000 copies and is supplemented by a dedicated website (www.enciclopediadelasaves.es), the idea being to reach as wide a public as possible. Though presented in an easy-to-read, educational style, the data contained in La enciclopedia de las aves de España draw on published scientific information and the expertise of the large network of volunteer ornithologists – some 4,000 in all – who collaborate regularly with SEO/BirdLife, compiling censuses of species or engaging in habitat recovery and public awareness campaigns.
A team of forty persons, plus over fifty collaborators and consultants, have worked for over two years under the editorial supervision of SEO/BirdLife to put together this multimedia project, making use of the latest computer technologies. Its authors, among them various reputed ornithologists, have strived to present their facts in plain language, accessible to the non-specialist reader, without sacrificing scientific accuracy. By this means, it is hoped, La enciclopedia de las aves de España will reach both an uninitiated public (children, young people, and adults) and those familiar with the subject but wishing to learn more, as well as professionals working in environmental, wildlife or related fields. Its more than 4,000 pages find room for around 1,600 photographs, 1,200 drawings, 370 sound recordings, 200 videos and 400 maps, alongside 15 ornithological reference works that can be downloaded in full, including titles like Libro Rojo de las Aves de España, Atlas de las Aves Reproductoras de España or Birds in Europe, Their Conservation Status.
All this information has been brought together in a DVD and website of 4 GB, produced using the latest, most flexible programming techniques to ensure that the same spectacular visual quality is maintained in both formats.
These features make La enciclopedia de las aves de España the most comprehensive digital birdlife guide ever. Its publication, moreover, comes at a time when experts are increasingly acknowledging birds’ importance as bioindicators of climate change, making a closer knowledge of their life histories more and more necessary. For this reason too, copies will be distributed free on request to education centers anywhere in Spain. The encyclopedia is divided into four main sections:
Other themes covered are feeding behavior, courting and birdsong, nesting, hatching and chicks, and migration (its origin, navigation systems, flight techniques, etc.). The historic relationship between birds and humans, their conservation status in Spain and the main threats they face, conservation priorities, legal protection measures and citizens’ responsibilities are the remaining topics dealt with in this section, which also finds room for a brief history of ornithology.
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