Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-214) and index.
Birds provide humans not only with enormous aesthetic pleasure, they also inform us in this complex and unpredictable world. As we seek to house, feed and sustain ever-increasing human populations, some of what we are doing is a threat to wildlife. Aerial Surveillance shows us how birds provide insights at the cutting edge of science and merit our attention. Studying birds has provided new insights into the nature and prevention of human disease, with cancer, malaria, influenza, novel vaccines and designer drug therapy being on the list.
Birds provide humans not only with enormous aesthetic pleasure, they also inform us of our ever-changing situation in this complex and unpredictable world. Free flying birds sample the atmosphere, the oceans, the plants, the forests and insect populations, signalling toxic and environmental dangers that threaten all vertebrate species.