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Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds Paperback – April 15, 2000
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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.
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''So tell me, what is a blackburnian warbler worth, orange and ebony like a jungle tiger?'' Scott Weidensaul asks in ''Living on the Wind: Across the Globe with Migratory Birds." "In the end such measures are pointless," he answers. "We should probably just stand aside and watch with quiet humility as another generation of travelers flies north, compelled by a priceless bravery buried deep in their genes." Though some gloomy scientists predict the end of migrations in our lifetime, Weidensaul says "there's no future in pessimism. Here, at the last possible moment, we have awakened to what we stand to lose -- poised on the brink, but still, perhaps, with time to draw away from the edge." This immensely readable exploration of bird migration by a prolific nature writer and licensed bird bander shows us just what we stand to lose. It's science that reads like adventure with well-drawn characters in vividly described settings. It's about birds and nature, but also about people and the ways they interact with the natural world. It's a cliffhanger with the ending as yet unwritten. The author traveled from one end of the Western Hemisphere to the other pursuing the mysteries of migration: from the western Alaskan breeding grounds of millions of shorebirds with names such as tattler and dunlin and godwit to the Argentine pampas, wintering grounds of the Swainson's hawk, "a bird made of light and shadow, at home in the pale blue bowl of the prairie sky.Read more ›
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Scott Weidensaul is a very good writer and keeps you interested in his subject. He is widely traveled and very knowledgeable about his subject. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Audrey
This book is awesome I am Scotts nice and he is a professional and he defiantly knows what he's doing.☺ I have read most of his books and all of them are great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Seward
I found "Living on the Wind" extremely fascinating in places and a bit tiring in others. I guess I do not need to know all the incredible detail Scott goes into. Read morePublished 5 months ago by William S. Chellberg
Wonderful book--learned so much since I am a beginner birder. Entertaining etc.Published 6 months ago by Dee Berger
If you want to know about birds, and their travels and dangers in this world, this is a good read.Published 14 months ago by catraveler
an astonishing and complete story of bird migration in the western hemispherePublished 19 months ago by arby