About the new Red books on birds and orthopterans at the National Library of Serbia
The Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, the Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics of the University of Novi Sad and the Society for the Protection and Study of Birds of Serbia will present to the public the Red Book of Fauna of Serbia III: Birds and the Red Book of Fauna of Serbia IV: Orthoptera at the premises of the National Library of Serbia on Friday, June 7th, 2019, starting at 12:00.
The Red books represent a scientific database of species that are at risk of extinction. The task of Red books is to stress the need to preserve endangered species, to point to the shortcomings in the existing system of protection, and to suggest solutions that could improve the situation or at least slow down negative processes, by means of expert arguments and scientific methods. So far, six Red books have been published in Serbia, the first 20 years ago on plants, and then on the prime butterflies, amphibians and reptiles.
The publishing of two new volumes of the Red Books of Fauna of Serbia represents the two new books of national importance for nature conservation, since they are an instrument and scientific and professional basis for the protection and conservation of wild birds and orthopterans.
The team for compiling the Red Book of Birds of Serbia had the task of collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting on the risk of extinction, which would contain the summarized almost unimaginable amount of data and knowledge about birds of Serbia, which for almost three centuries were collected by naturalists and scientists from different professions. The book presents 352 recorded species and the estimated risk of extinction of breeding populations of 255 species and non-breeding populations of all species. The main purpose of the Red Book of Birds of Serbia was to create a reliable instrument that would present a scientific and professional basis for the protection and conservation of our country's wild birds.
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