For anyone curious about the lives of migratory birds (and, incidentally, those of bird-obsessed humans), this book is a great nest of information. The author has traveled all over the world banding and observing birds and talking to the experts--amateur birders and ornithologists who have made many of the important discoveries about bird biology. From Alaska to Lake Erie to the limestone forests of Jamaica, Weidensaul reaches not only for the scientific particulars but for the universal stories and humanizing, descriptive turns of phrase that keep this book from bogging down in statistics and jargon. By book's end the reader is unable to resist the heart of this compelling story, a plea for the conservation of habitat to keep these miraculous creatures on--or at least circling--the earth. --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I gave this book to one of my Grandsons. He is very interested in birds and from what he has said he is enjoying the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Slan
More activity in the bird population than you ever dreamed about. This is a very we'll written, very readable story about the what, where, why, how and when of bird migration. Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. Clark
As a new birder I was excited to read this book about the migrations of the birds of the Western Hemisphere. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason Mustard
Beautiful, creative, almost poetic writing. Haven't had a chance to finish it just yet but so far, so good. Great find!Published 13 months ago by Pat Chesky
Even if you're not a birder, this book will introduce you to miracles. Most humans have no idea what's going on in this parallel avian universe, let alone such marathon journeys by... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brian L Willson
This is simply an amazing book. Reads like great fiction but it's all TRUE.
I wish there were a sequel as a lot has been discovered since it was written. Read more
I found I needed a second bird book to see the birds being talked about in this book. The book reads like a text book & is full of interesting information, but unless you are very... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Vickie Volchok
I wish I could read this book, but I took a chance on the print size and at my age I have to stick to my (If it isn't on Kindle, don't buy it!!) rule. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joe Reynolds
Another fantastic book by Scott Weidensaul, who is fast becoming my favorite writer (I say "another" because I just finished reading it, although the book was written more than 10... Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Howard