The Flight of the Red Knot: A Natural History Account of a Small Bird's Annual Migration from the Arctic Circle to the Tip of South America and Back by Brian Harrington, Charles Flowers |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Flight of the Red Knot: A Natural History Account of a Small Bird's Annual Migration from the Arctic Circle to the Tip of South America and Back

The Flight of the Red Knot: A Natural History Account of a Small Bird's Annual Migration from the Arctic Circle to the Tip of South America and Back

by Brian Harrington, Charles Flowers
     
 

A beautifully illustrated book following the extraordinary 18,000-mile annual migration of the Red Knot.
Red Knots are in the sandpiper family. They are barely ten inches long and weigh about twenty ounces. Each spring they breed in the Arctic, but in the year that follows they will migrate to the southern tip of South America and back again in their quest for

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A beautifully illustrated book following the extraordinary 18,000-mile annual migration of the Red Knot.
Red Knots are in the sandpiper family. They are barely ten inches long and weigh about twenty ounces. Each spring they breed in the Arctic, but in the year that follows they will migrate to the southern tip of South America and back again in their quest for food. Why and how they travel more than 18,000 miles each year, often as many as 2,500 miles nonstop (and at speeds averaging between thirty and forty miles per hour), is the subject of this engrossing and beautifully illustrated book.
Based on a popular NOVA series on migration, The Flight of the Red Knot is the story of an ornithological marvel by one of the world's foremost authorities. Here we learn of the marvelous physical equipment of the long-distance flyers, their extraordinary food storage capacity, and the nature of their ever-moving food supply. The methods of research into the Red Knots' life cycle are also described. Bird lovers especially, but also any one interested in nature will love this book.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Many shorebirds are noted for their extraordinary migrations. The red knot, though it may not be familiar to many birders since it regularly stops at only a few coastal sites in the United States during its long flights, is a typical example. Derived from a segment of the PBS series Nova and based on original research done by Harrington (Manomet Observatory), this book uses the knot as a paradigm for examining broader topics of migration, behavior, ecology, and especially conservation. Simply but not condescendingly written and generously illustrated with fine color photos, this is a good choice for popular (including young adult) science collections.-Paul B. Cors, formerly Univ. of Wyoming Lib., Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393038613
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Brian Harrington is an ornithologist associated with the Manomet Bird Observatory in Massachusetts.

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