Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 2000 - Nature - 432 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

Read this one as part of researching a project for work. And it is an utter delight! Weidensaul breaks down the incredibly complex phenomenon of songbird migration by focusing on the individual ... Read full review

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A must read. Awesome book. Read full review

Contents

Preface
ix
A Farflung Tap est rj 2 9
29
The Waj South
57
Riding the Sea Wind
81
Rivers of Hawks
105
La Selva Maya 12 9
129
Hopping Dick and Betsy Kickup
153
Aguilucheros
173
Wh en A nj where Is Better than Home I 9
221
The Gulf Express
249
Catching the Wave
323
Trouble in the Wo 0 d s
345
Acknowledgments
399
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About the author (2000)

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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