A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration

by Kenn Kaufman


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A close look at one season in one key site that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration, and the perils of human encroachment.
Every spring, billions of birds sweep north, driven by ancient instincts to return to their breeding grounds. This vast parade often goes unnoticed, except in a few places where these small travelers concentrate in large numbers. One such place is along Lake Erie in northwestern Ohio. There, the peak of spring migration is so spectacular that it attracts bird watchers from around the globe, culminating in one of the world’s biggest birding festivals. 
Millions of winged migrants pass through the region, some traveling thousands of miles, performing epic feats of endurance and navigating with stunning accuracy. Now climate change threatens to disrupt patterns of migration and the delicate balance between birds, seasons, and habitats. But wind farms—popular as green energy sources—can be disastrous for birds if built in the wrong places. This is a fascinating and urgent study of the complex issues that affect bird migration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328566423
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 71,648
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

KENN KAUFMAN, originator of the Kaufman Field Guide series, is one of the world's foremost naturalists. He lives in Oak Harbor, Ohio.


Table of Contents

Prologue: Pilgrims at the Gates of Sunrise 1

1 The First Migration 13

2 Wilderness and Waterfowl 27

3 A Broken Season 42

4 An Ill Wind 53

5 Turning Point 72

6 Wild March 85

7 Creatures of Light 102

8 Sifting the Mysterious Sky 115

9 Threading the Needle 139

10 This Slice of Sky 155

11 Second Wind 165

12 Waiting for Warblers 180

13 Boardwalk People 193

14 The First Big Wave 206

15 The Biggest Week 221

16 The Impossible Peak 245

17 The Parade's Gone By 261

18 Pagans of the Sky 271

Acknowledgments 280

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