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Living on the Wind

Chris Merkord
  • Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds Weidensaul, Scott North Point Press 1999 New York, New York United States http://us.macmillan.com/livingonthewind/ScottWeidensaul

    Book website: http://www.scottweidensaul.com/living-on-the-wind/

    432 pages, 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches

    Hardcover edition ISBN: 0865475431, 9780865475434

    English 04/30/1999 0865475911 9780865475915 No value No value

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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