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Seabird in the Forest

The Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

Joan Dunning


List Price: 17.95*
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A tiny bird. A giant discovery. It's rare to find a modern-day mystery concerning the location of a bird's nest, but until the 1970s, no one knew where the marbled murrelet laid its eggs. The little bird seemed to live entirely at sea. In this exquisitely illustrated book that won the Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Joan Dunning presents the amazing story of the marbled murrelet based on dramatic facts uncovered in the last few decades. Focusing on one pair of murrelets and their newborn chick, the author reveals the hidden nest in the canopy of the old-growth forests and the secret life of these birds before their fledgling sets off for the sea.

Praise For Seabird in the Forest: The Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

"A fine introduction to the marbled murrelet, this picture book also provides glimpses of the surprising variety of plants and animals in the canopy of a redwood forest." --Booklist

Astra Young Readers, 9781590787151, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

About the Author

Joan Dunning is a critically acclaimed nature author and artist who has written for both adults and children. Her paintings are shown in gallery exhibitions and hang in private collections. Ms. Dunning lives in Arcata, California.