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The Atlas of Bird Migration: Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds

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A comprehensive and authoritative guide to the fascinating mysteries of bird migration.

Ten daring treks across land, sea and air. Every year, billions of birds leave their North American breeding grounds for winter quarters farther south. That so many birds migrate so many miles, through life-threatening conditions, and to the same place each year, is simply stunning.

What makes people attempt a dangerous journey? For some, it's a thirst for adventure. For others, it's a quest for freedom. And for still others, it's simply a desire to go home. The editor of this important and lavishly illustrated new book has selected a cross-section of both the most typical and the most interesting migrants. Colorful maps, photographs, calendars and fact files, with easy-to-read symbols and abbreviations, present an accurate and up-to-date profile of each species.

In 1931, three Australian girls escaped from a government settlement for mixed-race children. Together they walked a thousand miles, including a trek across the merciless Gibson Desert, to return to their aboriginal home. The introduction provides comprehensive background on migration and its great mystery: how do the birds know where to go? The latest scientific discoveries are explained here.

In 1849, slave Henry Brown hatched a plan to reach freedom in the north. With the help of friends, he shipped himself in a crate from Richmond to Philadelphia, a 27-hour journey. The bulk of the book is the directory, which chronicles the routes of more than 500 species, including:

North American birds of prey Famous British explorer Dr. David Livingstone spent more than 30 years in Africa. When he died in 1873, his loyal guides carried his salted, dried body across more than 1,500 miles of treacherous African terrain, so he could be shipped to Britain for burial. Hummingbirds, grosbeaks and starlings

Eurasian shorebirds, storks and cranes Winter visitors from the Far North, such as swans, geese and finches Journey into Dangerous Crossings and join voyagers from the determined to the desperate as they struggle though icy oceans, across hostile borders, and into unforgiving wilderness. You'll witness record-breaking solo flights, harrowing escapes from oppression, and unbelievable ocean crossings. African, South American and Australasian migrants

Migratory sea birds, such as penguins, albatrosses and terns. The latest in the award-winning True Stories from the Edge series, these 10 amazing stories make Dangerous Crossings an unforgettable trip.

Review:

"The photos and illustrations in this large, illustrated volume are so beautiful that one is tempted to skim the text-in part because there seems to be so little of it. However, that would be a mistake: while brief, the text provides all the information readers need to understand the how, why and where of bird migration. The authors note that it would be impossible to cover every species on every continent and ocean, so they've chosen to discuss 'index' species-e.g., swans or sandpipers as a group-conveying the general principles which govern all bird migration, as opposed to species-specific characteristics. The first section is a primer on bird migration and habitat usage patterns, consisting of short, illustrated essays on topics like the evolution of migration, the mechanics of flight, birds' navigational methods and how human development affects migration patterns. Succeeding sections examine different families of migrating birds according to geographical distribution, and each has carefully designed maps that show birds' seasonal ranges and migratory routes. The use of color to describe, clarify, distinguish and compare migration patterns is exceptional, and clear explanations of complicated topics (e.g., how birds fly) make it an excellent text for middle and high school students as well as adults. Beautiful and functional, this is a worthwhile read for bird lovers and those raising one." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:


"A comprehensive and authoritative guide to the fascinating mysteries of bird migration."

Every year, billions of birds leave their North American breeding grounds for winter quarters farther south. That so many birds migrate so many miles, through life-threatening conditions, and to the same place each year, is simply stunning.

The editor of this important and lavishly illustrated new book has selected a cross-section of both the most typical and the most interesting migrants. Colorful maps, photographs, calendars and fact files, with easy-to-read symbols and abbreviations, present an accurate and up-to-date profile of each species.

The introduction provides comprehensive background on migration and its great mystery: how do the birds know where to go? The latest scientific discoveries are explained here.

The bulk of the book is the directory, which chronicles the routes of more than 500 species, including: North American birds of prey Hummingbirds, grosbeaks and starlings Eurasian shorebirds, storks and cranes Winter visitors from the Far North, such as swans, geese and finches African, South American and Australasian migrants Migratory sea birds, such as penguins, albatrosses and terns.

The results of new satellite tracking methods are covered, as are current environmental threats and conservation initiatives. The book closes with a comprehensive catalog of migrating species from all continents.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781554072484
Subtitle:
Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds
Author:
Elphick, Jonathan
Foreword:
Lovejoy, Thomas E.
Editor:
Elphick, Jonathan
Publisher:
Firefly Books
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
11.49x9.92x.78 in. 2.66 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The photos and illustrations in this large, illustrated volume are so beautiful that one is tempted to skim the text-in part because there seems to be so little of it. However, that would be a mistake: while brief, the text provides all the information readers need to understand the how, why and where of bird migration. The authors note that it would be impossible to cover every species on every continent and ocean, so they've chosen to discuss 'index' species-e.g., swans or sandpipers as a group-conveying the general principles which govern all bird migration, as opposed to species-specific characteristics. The first section is a primer on bird migration and habitat usage patterns, consisting of short, illustrated essays on topics like the evolution of migration, the mechanics of flight, birds' navigational methods and how human development affects migration patterns. Succeeding sections examine different families of migrating birds according to geographical distribution, and each has carefully designed maps that show birds' seasonal ranges and migratory routes. The use of color to describe, clarify, distinguish and compare migration patterns is exceptional, and clear explanations of complicated topics (e.g., how birds fly) make it an excellent text for middle and high school students as well as adults. Beautiful and functional, this is a worthwhile read for bird lovers and those raising one." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
"A comprehensive and authoritative guide to the fascinating mysteries of bird migration."

Every year, billions of birds leave their North American breeding grounds for winter quarters farther south. That so many birds migrate so many miles, through life-threatening conditions, and to the same place each year, is simply stunning.

The editor of this important and lavishly illustrated new book has selected a cross-section of both the most typical and the most interesting migrants. Colorful maps, photographs, calendars and fact files, with easy-to-read symbols and abbreviations, present an accurate and up-to-date profile of each species.

The introduction provides comprehensive background on migration and its great mystery: how do the birds know where to go? The latest scientific discoveries are explained here.

The bulk of the book is the directory, which chronicles the routes of more than 500 species, including: North American birds of prey Hummingbirds, grosbeaks and starlings Eurasian shorebirds, storks and cranes Winter visitors from the Far North, such as swans, geese and finches African, South American and Australasian migrants Migratory sea birds, such as penguins, albatrosses and terns.

The results of new satellite tracking methods are covered, as are current environmental threats and conservation initiatives. The book closes with a comprehensive catalog of migrating species from all continents.

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