Why do birds migrate -- and just how do they do it?
The Migration of Birds is a comprehensive illustrated presentation of the mysteries of bird migration.
Ornithologist Janice M. Hughes describes the findings of the most recent research and surveys as-yet-unanswered questions. She unravels the exciting contributions of cutting-edge technological innovations and scientific developments.
Over 70 stunning full-color photographs show some of the world's most dauntless voyagers. Maps show migration routes, and illustrations depict the mechanics of flying. The text is engaging and straightforward as well as authoritative and comprehensive, covering:
Bird migration through human history, with profiles of Chinese cranes and phalaropes
The five Ws of avian migration, with profiles of shrikes and Arctic terns
The phenomenon of flight, with profiles of wheatears and dippers
How birds find their way, with profiles of redwings, fieldfares and Bohemian waxwings
Migratory birds in peril.
This book will fascinate birders, naturalists and conservationists as well as general readers.
||100 full colour photographs
Höhe: 279 mm
Breite: 216 mm
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Janice M. Hughes is a biology professor at Lakehead University and a member of the Society of Conservation Biologists and the American Ornithologists' Union. She is the author of Cranes and lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
A fun read that blends sound scholarship, clear writing, superb illustrations and an occasional twist of humor in an enjoyable historical context. A tough book to put down.--Dr. Jerome A. Jackson, Professor of Ecological Sci Hughes is gifted with the ability to explain complex subjects in a readable manner. This is an extremely important book and should be of interest to ornithologists and amateur bird lovers alike.--Dr. David M. Bird, Professor of Wildlife Biology, At once both scholarly and accessible, this remarkable book provides the most comprehensive up-to-date exploration of bird migration availble today. Hughes takes us on our own richly illustrated journey, from Aristotle to cutting-edge research. The more we discover, the more we humans are privileged to marvel at the wonders and mysteries of bird migration. This book is a must for anyone wishing to explore these wonders.--Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick, Director, Cornell Laborat Leaves the reader with a thorough explanatory answer to the main questions that a student, birder, or naturalist might want to ask about bird migration.--John D. Newman, National Institute of Health"Science Books and Films" (12/01/2009) Lots of nice photographs and illustrations complement the interesting text.--N. Glenn Perrett"Lake Wahwashkesh Conservation Association" (06/01/2010) Lovely ... Hughes first takes an historical approach to the mystery of migration, then talks of evolution, of migration patterns, and along the way tells some wonderful stories and provides maps, illustrations, and astounding photographs. The one of an osprey capturing a fish is breathtaking.-- (12/19/2009) The author tells the fascinating history and science of migration. It is a rarity in the book word - a glossy, small-sized coffee table book that demands reading.-- (11/07/2009) This is not just a pretty coffee table book, though it is that. It is a wide-ranging look at all aspects of bird migration... The writing is lively, and the science is brought to life with 10 in-depth migration stories.-- (09/01/2009) This beautifully-produced hardback would grace any coffee table. The pages are glossy, and the images--both illustrations and photographs--are stunning. The Canadian author's text is easy to read and informative, and gives a global view of birds' migration patterns, not concentrating on any one continent or country. It is comprehensive, in that it deals with background information about birds and the reasons for their behaviour, rather than starkly stating routes and species. Very occasionally the text veers towards the technical, but only where it is necessary to concisely describe scientific findings. This is a fine book.-- (11/01/2009) An ornithologist and conservation biologist, Hughes has written a quite readable and comprehensive introduction to bird migration, one of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring feats to be found in the animal world. The author examines the different ways that bird migration has been explained through history (such as the belief that they hid under ice during the winter), and details the latest scientific findings as to why birds make their epic journeys. Especially interesting is the chapter on how birds navigate from one place to another using three different systems to orient themselves. Generously illustrated in full color, this book will interest both ornithologists and birders.-- (02/01/2011) "Birds travel because they must, they go because they wish to, and they journey because they can"--a neat description of bird migration by the author. If you are looking for a book for a birdwatcher friend, consider this one. It summarizes what is known today about migration and how that knowledge has accumulated.-- (01/01/2009)
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