Several bird species, bald eagles and peregrine falcons among them, have seen meteoric recoveries from the brink of extinction, thanks to these and other efforts. The report details the declines of several species - and the efforts to bring them back, too. Tools like the Endangered Species Act have been vital in saving these species.
But it's not all clear for birds - the report marks 230 species on a "watch list" of birds that are in danger of extinction, and recommends conservation measures to help them recover. It also notes more than two dozen "common birds in steep decline" - species that have recently lost over half of their global populations.
Things do look bleak for these species, but, as the report emphasizes, with the proper measures, they won't go the way of the dodo - or the way of Martha. A foreword on the report's website reads:
Today, we have the science, technology, and knowledge to prevent extinctions. Conservation works. When we have the will to conserve, we can make a better future: for birds, for ecosystems, for everyone.