An Uncertain Future - Australian Birdlife in Danger

Author(s): Geoffrey Maslen

Australian Non-Fiction

'Maslen's book is a clarion call for Australia's brilliant but disappearing birds.' Bob Brown, former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens 

In An Uncertain Future, Geoffrey Maslen takes us into the fascinating lives of Australian birds, showing us how intelligent they are, the significant threats they face due to disappearing habitats and climate change and how essential these angels of the air are to our own survival. Soaring through the skies, light as the air itself, birds are the closest creatures we have to angels on the planet. They bring song and beauty to our lives, and they play a significant role in sustaining Earth's ecosystems. But birds are also facing the threat of extinction. Drawing on numerous interviews with researchers and biologists studying birdlife in Australia and dozens of scientific reports from around the world, Maslen reveals a dire picture of what plummeting bird populations means for humanity.


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Bob Brown has endorsed the book and written a foreword for the book, calling it “a clarion call for Australia’s brilliant but disappearing birds”.  

There is a growing number of people interested in birds and birdwatching who will be ready buyers of this book – Birdlife Australia has 65,000 supporters and these are the people who volunteer as citizen scientists and are committed enough to want to learn more etc.

Climate change is fully back in the headlines and on the political agenda. This book has an important message which is practically illustrated by the evidence of our disappearing bird life.

Thoroughly researched and authoritative work citing the most up-to-date research from the field and from the most respected scientific journals around the world.

National publicity campaign.

Birds are the hot topic! — Tim Low’s bird book Where Song Began won the ABIA Best General Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the popular prize at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and has sold over 20,000 copies.


Geoffrey Maslen is a former industrial chemist, college lecturer in science and journalist. He was education editor at The Age for 12 years and founding editor of the global online University World News. He has written for a range of international publications and is the author of nine books, including Too Late: How we’ve lost the battle with climate change published by Hardie Grant in 2017.

General Fields

  • : 9781743793237
  • : Hardie Grant Books
  • : E2
  • : July 2017
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Geoffrey Maslen
  • : Paperback
  • : 717
  • : English
  • : 333.958160994
  • : 304
  • : Photography throughout