Cover image for A season on the wind : inside the world of spring migration / Kenn Kaufman.
Title:
A season on the wind : inside the world of spring migration / Kenn Kaufman.
ISBN:
9781328566423
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
Physical Description:
282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents:
Prologue : Pilgrims at the gates of sunrise -- The first migration -- Wilderness and waterfowl -- A broken season -- An ill wind -- Turning point -- Wild march -- Creatures of light -- Sifting the mysterious sky -- Threading the needle -- This slice of sky -- Second wind -- Waiting for warblers -- Boardwalk people -- The first big wave -- The biggest week -- The impossible peak -- The parade's gone by -- Pagans of the sky.
Abstract:
"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."-- Provided by publisher.

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