Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds

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Songbird Journeys is the first book devoted to songbird migration. Until recently, little was known about the lives of songbirds during their autumn and spring travels or in their winter habitats. Aided by modern technology, however, scientists have documented mass migrations over the Gulf of Mexico, identified the voices of migrants in the night sky, and showed how songbirds navigate using stars, polarized light, and magnetic fields. Miyoko Chu explores the intricacies underlying the ebb and flow of migration, ...
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2006 Hardcover New Chu, an ornithologist at Cornell, follows the migrations of birds through the seasons and chronicles the efforts of scientists to track them with technology ... and their own ingenuity. She includes information on the best places to observe migrating birds and provides lists of citizen-science projects and resources for amateurs birders. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Songbird Journeys is the first book devoted to songbird migration. Until recently, little was known about the lives of songbirds during their autumn and spring travels or in their winter habitats. Aided by modern technology, however, scientists have documented mass migrations over the Gulf of Mexico, identified the voices of migrants in the night sky, and showed how songbirds navigate using stars, polarized light, and magnetic fields. Miyoko Chu explores the intricacies underlying the ebb and flow of migration, the cycle of seasons, and the interconnectedness between distant places. Songbird Journeys pays homage to the wonder and beauty of songbirds while revealing the remarkable lives of migratory birds and the scientific quest to answer age-old questions about where songbirds go, how they get there, and what they do in the far-flung places they inhabit throughout the year.
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Each spring, millions of orioles, tanagers, thrushes, warblers and other songbirds travel thousands of miles from the tropics to their summer breeding grounds as far north as the boreal forests of Canada and in the fall return to their southern wintering grounds. Navigating by the stars, magnetic fields and polarized light patterns invisible to humans, the birds make their amazing journeys at night, flying in huge flocks that most of us never see. In this captivating debut, Chu, an ornithologist at Cornell, conveys the wonder of these migrations, following the birds through all four seasons and chronicling the efforts of scientists to track them with technology and their own ingenuity-trekking to distant locales, some even following, in cars and airplanes, individual birds outfitted with transmitters. Their heroic efforts are important, Chu points out, for only by understanding where the birds go can we learn how to preserve their habitats. To engage the general public in these efforts, she includes information on the best places to observe migrating birds and provides lists of citizen-science projects and resources for amateurs birders who want to contribute to the growing base of knowledge about bird migration. 8 pages of color illus. not seen by PW. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Chu, an ornithologist, editor, and writer at Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology, writes engagingly of the epic and amazing seasonal migrations of American songbirds. Her lucid interpretation of related scientific research abounds with astonishing facts: for example, during their nonstop, 36-hour flight over the ocean, blackpoll warblers burn energy with an efficiency at the equivalent of 720,000 miles to the gallon. In addition to descriptions of the birds' migrations, habits, and life histories for each season, there are details on hotspots for observing the birds, including web sites, addresses, when to go, and special activities. Helpful appendixes tell how to participate in various related citizen-science projects and include recommended sources (print and electronic), more on additional hotspots, and a description of the impressive scope and direction of the Cornell Laboratory. An excellent overview of a compelling subject; highly recommended.-Henry T. Armistead, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Praise for Songbird Journeys:

"The most enjoyable blend of birding lore and ornithological knowledge I have read in 30 years of bird-watching...readers of Songbird Journeys can savor more avian pleasure than what's found on an entire shelf of standard birding books."—James F. McCarty, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Songbird Journeys pulls together in one readable book much of the latest research on the fascinating lives of the songbirds. Anyone who has been impressed or inspired by these tiny feathered jewels will be more so after reading this book."—David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds

"Whether or not you're aware of songbirds' exceptional lives of seasonal travel, Chu's book will both enlighten and delight."—Irene Wanner, Seattle Times

"Everyone interested in birds, and even people who know little about them, will enjoy Songbird Journeys."—Bernd Heinrich, author of The Geese of Beaver Bog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802714688
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Miyoko Chu is an ornithologist and science writer at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

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