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The Migration of Birds: Seasons on the Wing

by Janice Hughes
 

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Why do birds migrate — and just how do they do it?

The Migration of Birds is a comprehensive illustrated presentation of the mysteries of bird migration.

Ornithologist Janice M. Hughes describes the findings of the most recent research and surveys as-yet-unanswered questions. She unravels the exciting contributions of cutting-edge

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Why do birds migrate — and just how do they do it?

The Migration of Birds is a comprehensive illustrated presentation of the mysteries of bird migration.

Ornithologist Janice M. Hughes describes the findings of the most recent research and surveys as-yet-unanswered questions. She unravels the exciting contributions of cutting-edge technological innovations and scientific developments.

Over 70 stunning full-color photographs show some of the world's most dauntless voyagers. Maps show migration routes, and illustrations depict the mechanics of flying. The text is engaging and straightforward as well as authoritative and comprehensive, covering:

  • Bird migration through human history, with profiles of Chinese cranes and phalaropes
  • The five Ws of avian migration, with profiles of shrikes and Arctic terns
  • The phenomenon of flight, with profiles of wheatears and dippers
  • How birds find their way, with profiles of redwings, fieldfares and Bohemian waxwings
  • Migratory birds in peril.

This book will fascinate birders, naturalists and conservationists as well as general readers.

Editorial Reviews

Saskatoon Star Phoenix - Bill Robertson
Lovely ... Hughes first takes an historical approach to the mystery of migration, then talks of evolution, of migration patterns, and along the way tells some wonderful stories and provides maps, illustrations, and astounding photographs. The one of an osprey capturing a fish is breathtaking.
Science Books and Films - John D. Newman
Leaves the reader with a thorough explanatory answer to the main questions that a student, birder, or naturalist might want to ask about bird migration.
Toronto Field Naturalists Newsletter - Bob Kortright
This is not just a pretty coffee table book, though it is that. It is a wide-ranging look at all aspects of bird migration... The writing is lively, and the science is brought to life with 10 in-depth migration stories.
Dr. Jerome A. Jackson
A fun read that blends sound scholarship, clear writing, superb illustrations and an occasional twist of humor in an enjoyable historical context. A tough book to put down.
Dr. David M. Bird
Hughes is gifted with the ability to explain complex subjects in a readable manner. This is an extremely important book and should be of interest to ornithologists and amateur bird lovers alike.
Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick
At once both scholarly and accessible, this remarkable book provides the most comprehensive up-to-date exploration of bird migration availble today. Hughes takes us on our own richly illustrated journey, from Aristotle to cutting-edge research. The more we discover, the more we humans are privileged to marvel at the wonders and mysteries of bird migration. This book is a must for anyone wishing to explore these wonders.
publication of The Royal Society for the Pr Birds
This beautifully-produced hardback would grace any coffee table. The pages are glossy, and the images—both illustrations and photographs—are stunning. The Canadian author's text is easy to read and informative, and gives a global view of birds' migration patterns, not concentrating on any one continent or country. It is comprehensive, in that it deals with background information about birds and the reasons for their behaviour, rather than starkly stating routes and species. Very occasionally the text veers towards the technical, but only where it is necessary to concisely describe scientific findings. This is a fine book.
Tails of the Bird blog - Chris Petrak
The author tells the fascinating history and science of migration. It is a rarity in the book word - a glossy, small-sized coffee table book that demands reading.
Lake Wahwashkesh Conservation Association - N. Glenn Perrett
Lots of nice photographs and illustrations complement the interesting text.
Canadian Federation of Naturalists - Jane Atkinson
"Birds travel because they must, they go because they wish to, and they journey because they can"—a neat description of bird migration by the author. If you are looking for a book for a birdwatcher friend, consider this one. It summarizes what is known today about migration and how that knowledge has accumulated.
Reference-Research Book News
An ornithologist and conservation biologist, Hughes has written a quite readable and comprehensive introduction to bird migration, one of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring feats to be found in the animal world. The author examines the different ways that bird migration has been explained through history (such as the belief that they hid under ice during the winter), and details the latest scientific findings as to why birds make their epic journeys. Especially interesting is the chapter on how birds navigate from one place to another using three different systems to orient themselves. Generously illustrated in full color, this book will interest both ornithologists and birders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554074327
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Janice M. Hughes is a biology professor at Lakehead University and a member of the Society of Conservation Biologists and the American Ornithologists' Union. She is the author of Cranes and lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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