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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

Norton. Mar. 2021. 432p. ISBN 9780393608908. $32. NAT HIST
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Award-winning author and natural historian Weidensaul (Living on the Wind) professes and demonstrates reverence for migratory birds in this book. Impelled by genetics and sent on by the changing seasons, migratory birds tenaciously endure migrations of thousands, even tens of thousands, of miles, the author explains. Weidensaul participated in some of the most advanced research and observation of species of these birds across the globe. He describes the incredible migrations and physiological changes of swifts, thrushes, warblers, whimbrels, owls, and other birds, many in obscure and unusual places. In the last two decades, technological advances in avian tracking equipment, Big Data, and the explosion of average citizens’ observation/recording of bird movements have led to significant advances in our knowledge of bird migration. Based on recent scientific research and his own research and bird observations, Weidensaul vividly explains how humans, through destruction of habitat and global warming, are threatening many bird species populations.
VERDICT Each chapter on the different bird species and migration experiences will vibrantly inform readers about the habits of migratory birds

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