Crane Music: A Natural History of American Cranes

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Graced with illustrations by the author, Crane Music introduces the two North American crane species. The sandhill, most often seen, is within easy reach of bird-watchers in the center of the continent. Less visible is the whooping crane, struggling back from near extinction. Paul Johnsgard follows these elegant birds through a year’s cycle, describing their seasonal migrations, natural habitats, breeding biology, call patterns—angelic to the bird-lover’s ear—and fascinating dancing.The largest and most ...
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1998 Paperback New Graced with illustrations by the author, Crane Music introduces the two North American crane species. The sandhill, most often seen, is within easy reach of ... bird-watchers in the center of the continent. Less visible is the whooping crane, struggling back from near extinction. Paul Johnsgard follows these elegant birds through a year's cycle, describing their seasonal migrations, natural habitats, breeding biology, call patterns. Read more Show Less

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Graced with illustrations by the author, Crane Music introduces the two North American crane species. The sandhill, most often seen, is within easy reach of bird-watchers in the center of the continent. Less visible is the whooping crane, struggling back from near extinction. Paul Johnsgard follows these elegant birds through a year’s cycle, describing their seasonal migrations, natural habitats, breeding biology, call patterns—angelic to the bird-lover’s ear—and fascinating dancing.The largest and most spectacular migratory concentration of cranes happens each spring when the Platte River valley becomes the staging ground for an amazing gathering of four hundred thousand to five hundred thousand sandhills en route from the South to the Arctic tundra. Johnsgard describes this incredible event as well as memorable personal encounters with the cranes. His knowledge of them transcends natural history, covering their importance in religion and mythology.
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Ibis

"A valuable contribution to the crane literature. Readers interested in natural history, both professional and amateur, will derive pleasure and excitement from this book."—Ibis
Indiana Audubon Quarterly

"Lyrically written."—Indiana Audubon Quarterly
Florida Wildlife

"A concise but thorough history of cranes. . . . They have stimulated [Johnsgard’s] scientific curiosity and moved him to write evocative passages describing some of their unique behaviors and vocalizations."—Florida Wildlife
Ibis

"A valuable contribution to the crane literature. Readers interested in natural history, both professional and amateur, will derive pleasure and excitement from this book."—Ibis
Booknews
A lyrically written natural history of the two North American crane species--the sandhill, the most abundant crane in the world, and the whooping crane, numbering under 200. Johnsgard follows each through a yearly cycle, detailing in nontechnical terms their migratory journeys and formations, natural habitats, breeding biology, call patterns, and crane dancing. Includes maps and many line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803275935
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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Paul A. Johnsgard is Foundation Professor of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska. He is a foremost authority on ornithology and bird behavior, and his many books include Those of the Gray Wind: The Sandhill Cranes (Nebraska 1986) and This Fragile Land: A Natural History of the Nebraska Sandhills (Nebraska 1995).
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