Animal Migration: Remarkable Journeys in the Wild

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This spectacular guide explores the mysteries of animal migration over land, in the oceans, and through the air. Lavishly illustrated with two hundred photographs and maps, Animal Migration highlights specific conservation issues while tracing the routes of some one hundred species of animal with examples on every continent. Ben Hoare explains how animals migrate, either as parts of mass migration or in individual journeys, and describes in fascinating detail their navigation, reproduction, and feeding ...

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Overview

This spectacular guide explores the mysteries of animal migration over land, in the oceans, and through the air. Lavishly illustrated with two hundred photographs and maps, Animal Migration highlights specific conservation issues while tracing the routes of some one hundred species of animal with examples on every continent. Ben Hoare explains how animals migrate, either as parts of mass migration or in individual journeys, and describes in fascinating detail their navigation, reproduction, and feeding strategies. He also brings to life migrations that stand out for their extraordinary challenges such as those that take animals unthinkable distances across hostile or barren territory. Designed for easy browsing or in-depth study, Animal Migration concludes with a supplementary catalog of migrants, adding the routes of an additional two hundred animals, and is an invaluable addition to any nature lover's library.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Hoare, author of animal books for kids and adults (and co-author of the encyclopedic bird), has compiled data and images for all types of migrating animals, looking at the circumstances and reasons behind some 60 species' seasonal journeys. The first section discusses migration's causes and methods: land animals are driven by climate, water sources and grazing conditions; marine mammals and fish are guided by seasonal plankton blooms (which also migrate, diurnally, between shallow and deep water). From there, three sections look at migration via land, water and air; individual species and ecosystems profiled include polar bears, bison, the red crab, the walrus, the bar-tailed godwit and the monarch butterfly, as well as the african veldt and asian steppe. Although chapters are short, each includes a significant amount of information, including a table of vital stats that includes where and when to observe the animals en route (the best place to spot the spring migration of the europeon white stork, for example, is turkey's strait of bosporus). Habitat destruction, global climate change and a worldwide human population boom threaten the survival of many species and entire biomes, and this book presents a close look at what we have to lose. 200 color illustrations.
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Library Journal

Modern technology allows for more sophisticated tracking of animal populations and more detailed analysis of the results, leading to a huge advancement in the body of knowledge about the phenomenon of migration. Hoare, a nature writer who has contributed to more than 40 reference works as well as BBC Wildlife and Birdwatch magazines, introduces the reader to that wealth of information, describing how mammals, sea animals, birds, and even insects migrate over land, through the water, and through the air. For each migratory animal, a profile includes a map of the area of migration, the typical distance traveled, the reason for migration, and the season in which migration occurs. Some species travel thousands of miles each way, while others make changes in elevation only. Hoare also discusses migratory animals' amazing ability to adapt to their changing environments and the challenges brought about by the destruction of natural habitats and global warming. With a directory of suggested viewing spots for major animal migrations, this book could be used by animal enthusiasts to browse for quick facts and to enjoy the photographs or for more in-depth research.
—Deborah Emerson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520258235
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Hoare is an author and editor who specializes in natural history. His work has appeared in BBC Wildlife and Birdlife magazines and on BBC Web sites, and he is a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Life on the Move

How Migration Works

Migration Over Land

Migration in Water

Migration by Air

Glossary

Further Resources

Index

Acknowledgments

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