Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 2000 - Nature - 420 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  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Birds. Lots of birds. More birds than a non-birder can imagine. Very well written, exhaustively researched. And way more than I ever wanted to know about migratory birds. A truly wonderful book for birders, and a pretty good, though awfully thorough one for the curious. Read full review

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A celebration of migration and explanation of the process and stresses involved. Divided into three sections: fall migration, wintering grounds, spring mingration, the author looks at important places ... Read full review


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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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