How Do Birds Find Their Way?

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Birds don't need maps!

Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. Arctic terns fly more than 10,000 miles from the South Pole to northern Maine. Tiny little hummingbirds fly nonstop over the ocean for 500 miles. How do they know which way to fly? Why don't they get lost? Read and find out the many ideas scientists have come up with to explain this mystery.

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Overview

Birds don't need maps!

Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. Arctic terns fly more than 10,000 miles from the South Pole to northern Maine. Tiny little hummingbirds fly nonstop over the ocean for 500 miles. How do they know which way to fly? Why don't they get lost? Read and find out the many ideas scientists have come up with to explain this mystery.

Explores the mysteries of bird migration, including theories on how birds find their way and how scientists learn about migration.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Glen Mayers
This easy-to-read book explains the very complicated process by which our feathered friends find their way from place to place over miles and miles without getting lost. It is well written and beautifully illustrated and will keep children interested throughout. The author takes separate species of birds and provides many facts, as well as historical information on each.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
How do birds find their way between summer and winter homes? Ornithologists conjecture that some follow rivers and other landmarks, some the sun, moon, or stars, and yet others Earth's magnetic field. Roma Gans explains these migration theories and their development in a fine "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out" title illustrated by Paul Mirocha. Ms. Gans notes that scientists routinely band birds to study their behavior.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3Gans limits her discussion to basic facts about birds and their instinctive travel habits. She tells what ornithologists know about migration patterns and presents some of their theories about how birds know when to fly and their different means of navigation. Watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations show several species and their habitats, as well as a few maps and charts. The careful coloring and identification of specific birds add to the value of this attractive introductory text, but its lack of an index limits its use for reports.Kathy East, Wood County District Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064451505
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Stage 2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 224,978
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Roma Gans was a co-founder of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series.
How Do Birds Find Their Way?,
illustrated by Paul Mirocha, is one of her many titles.

Holly Keller is also the illustrator of From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer and Who Eats What? by Patricia Lauber. She lives in West Redding, CT.

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