Four Seasons In the Lives of Migratory Birds
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Until recently, little was known about the lives of songbirds during their travels from autumn until spring. Now scientists have documented mass migrations over the Gulf of Mexico, identified the voices of migrants in the night sky, and showed how songbirds navigate using stars, polarized light, and magnetic fields. Miyoko Chu explores the intricacies underlying the ebb and flow of migration, the cycle of seasons, and the interconnectedness between distant places. Songbird Journeys pays homage to the wonder and beauty of songbirds while revealing the remarkable lives of migratory birds and the scientific quest to answer age-old questions about where songbirds go, how they get there, and what they do in the far-flung places they inhabit throughout the year.
Praise For Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons In the Lives of Migratory Birds…
“The most enjoyable blend of birding lore and ornithological knowledge I have read in 30 years of bird-watching...readers of Songbird Journeys can savor more avian pleasure than what's found on an entire shelf of standard birding books.” —James F. McCarty, Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Songbird Journeys pulls together in one readable book much of the latest research on the fascinating lives of the songbirds. Anyone who has been impressed or inspired by these tiny feathered jewels will be more so after reading this book.” —David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds
“Whether or not you're aware of songbirds' exceptional lives of seasonal travel, Chu's book will both enlighten and delight.” —Irene Wanner, Seattle Times
“Everyone interested in birds, and even people who know little about them, will enjoy Songbird Journeys.” —Bernd Heinrich, author of The Geese of Beaver Bog
Walker Books, 9780802715180, 320pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
About the Author
Miyoko Chu is an ornithologist and science writer at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. She lives in Ithaca, New York.