Written by one of Minnesota’s best-known bird authorities, with images by one of the state’s favorite illustrators, Hawk Ridge is as fun as it is informative. It introduces the state’s raptors, from the rare visitor to the most familiar hawk, noting each species’ signature traitsosprey wings, for instance, are crooked to help them catch fish; vultures urinate on their legs to cool themselvesand their nesting, breeding, and migrating habits. Did you know that Sharp-shinned Hawks banded at Hawk Ridge have been found throughout Central America and even into South America, and also, in midwinter, in Wisconsin? Laura Erickson offers a broad perspective (a bird’s-eye view!), making sense of the raptor’s role in the larger ornithological scheme.
With descriptions of various speciesand helpful distinctions between species, families, and ordersthe book gives readers a clear idea of which raptors might be seen in Minnesota, when, where, and how often. It also includes a hawk migration primer that explains the movements that bring these birds in such awe-inspiring numbers to places like Hawk Ridge. Filled with curious facts and practical information for expert and amateur bird-watcher alike, the book is at once a guide to the hawks of Minnesota and a beautifully illustrated album of the most regal members of the avian kingdom.
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|Publisher:||University of Minnesota Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Betsy Bowen is a woodcut printmaker and painter. She has illustrated several books, among them Twelve Owls, Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman and Big Belching Bog, all published by the University of Minnesota Press. She lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota.