Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond

Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond

by David Gessner

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Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond by David Gessner

One September, after writing about ospreys on Cape Cod for years, David Gessner impulsively decided to follow the birds on their annual migration. Each fall these graceful raptors, with wingspans of up to six feet, cruise over the eastern United States, then soar over Cuba and winter in South America, returning north with the spring. In 2004, Gessner went along for the ride, traveling illegally into the mountains of Cuba and deep into Venezuela as he competed with the crew of a BBC documentary to be the first to follow the full migration, trailing the birds by car, boat, foot, and plane. He called his favorite osprey Fidel.

Soaring with Fidel is about the exhilaration of migration, but it is also a deeper meditation on the nature of human happiness. In describing the thrill of travel, the antics of these swashbuckling birds, and the cast of characters he meets (and drinks with) along the way—including scientists, students, tour guides, and an online group of birders—Gessner gives us a profound lesson in the importance of following what you love.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807085905
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 369 KB

About the Author

David Gessner is the author of several books, including most recently Sick of Nature. His Return of the Osprey was chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year. Gessner is currently the editor of Ecotone, a literary journal, and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He lives in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter.

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