Bird Conservation International

Editorial

The science of bird conservation

T. M. Brooksa1a2a3, N. J. Collara4, R. E. Greena5, S. J. Marsdena6 and D. J. Paina7

a1 Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International, 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, Virginia 22202, U.S.A.

a2 World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna 4031, Philippines

a3 University of Tasmania, Hobart TAS 7001, Australia

a4 BirdLife International, Wellbrook Court, Girton Road, Cambridge CB3 0NA, U.K.

a5 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Conservation Science Group, Department of Zoology, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, U.K.

a6 Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD, U.K.

a7 Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT, U.K.

Colin Bibby (1948–2004) was the quintessential bird conservation biologist. Over his career, he served as lead scientist at two of the world's largest bird conservation organizations, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and BirdLife International. His contributions encompassed detailed autecological studies of rare bird species such as the Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata (e.g. Bibby 1978) and Fuerteventura Stonechat Saxicola dacotiae (e.g. Bibby and Hill 1987), a sweeping synthesis of the techniques of bird conservation science (Bibby et al. 1992, 2000), and pioneering contributions in conservation planning such as the Endemic Bird Areas concept (ICBP 1992).