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Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterflyby Sue Halpern
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In her luminous new book, renowned nature writer Sue Halpern tracks the amazing migration of the monarch butterfly, and introduces us to the scientists and amateurs who seek to address one of the abiding mysteries of nature.
Millions of monarchs migrate up to 2000 miles every autumn — monarchs born east of the Rockies funnel into one tiny area of Mexico; those born to the west end up on the California coast. But how do they know when and where to travel? How do they navigate? Into the framework of one migratory cycle, Sue Halpern threads a tale of adventure and a glimpse into the frustrations, feuds, and fun of scientific inquiry. Four Wings and a Prayer is a beautifully written testament to the power of questions that may never be answered.
In her luminous new book, a renowned nature writer tracks the amazing migration of the monarch butterfly and introduces readers to the scientists and amateurs who seek to address one of the abiding mysteries of nature.
Halpern undertakes an enchanting study of the monarch butterfly: its awe-inspiring annual migration and the scientists and amateurs who are obsessed with this evanescent creature. Line drawings.
About the Author
Sue Halpern is the author of Migrations to Solitude. Her work has apeared in Granta, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Audubon, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and Orion, among other publications. She lives with her husband and daughter in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
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