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Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birdsby Scott Weidensaul
Synopses & Reviews
Bird migration is the world's only true unifying natural phenomenon, stitching the continents together in a way that even the great weather systems fail to do. Scott Weidensaul follows awesome kettles of hawks over the Mexican coastal plains, bar-tailed godwits that hitchhike on gale winds 7,000 miles nonstop across the Pacific from Alaska to New Zealand, and myriad songbirds whose numbers have dwindled so dramatically in recent decades. Migration paths form an elaborate global web that shows serious signs of fraying, and Weidensaul delves into the tragedies of habitat degradation and deforestation with an urgency that brings to life the vast problems these miraculous migrants now face. Living on the Wind is a magisterial work of nature writing.
Book News Annotation:
Follows the kettles of hawks over the Mexican coastal plains, the bar-tailed godwits hitchhiking on gale winds for 6,000 non-stop miles from Alaska to New Zealand, the myriad songbirds whose numbers have dwindled drastically in recent decades, and other birds on their seasonal pilgrimages. Also describes how the global network of migrations is fraying due to habitat degradation and deforestation.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -398) and index.
About the Author
Scott Weidensaul is the author of Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians and other books. A columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, he is also a federally licensed bird bander in the Pennsylvania Appalachians, where he lives.
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