Cover image for Belle's journey : an osprey takes flight / Rob Bierregaard ; illustrated by Kate Garchinsky.
Belle's journey : an osprey takes flight / Rob Bierregaard ; illustrated by Kate Garchinsky.
Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2018]
Physical Description:
v, 106 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm
Foreword -- Reunion on the marsh -- The scientists -- First flight -- Captured! -- First fish -- Migration -- Island hopping -- Hurricane -- Over the mountains -- The sea of green -- A long vacation -- A busy summer -- Homeward bound -- Across the gulf -- A meal lost -- Homecoming -- A new pair of ospreys -- A final reunion -- Journey's end -- Information and resources.
Tracks the migration of an osprey named Belle who is born in Martha's Vineyard, learns to fly, and goes on an eight thousand mile journey to Brazil.
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Dr. B. and Dick, two osprey scientists in Massachusetts, observe ospreys and their offspring, tagging one special fledgling with a transmitter to better study migration habits. Follow Belle as she attempts her first flight, conquers her first fishing endeavour, and heads south for her first migration all while her tracking device transmits information about where's she been. Based on information garnered through twenty years of research by the author, Belle's Journey will soar into reader's hearts.

Author Notes

Rob Bierregaard has studied ospreys in New England since 1971. In 1998 he restarted an intensive census of the population on Martha's Vineyard. Beginning in 2000, he started tagging ospreys with satellite transmitters that enable us to follow their migration to South America and back. Belle's Journey is Rob's first children's book.

Kate Garchinsky is the illustrator of Belle's Journey and The Secret Life of Red Fox . Prior to creating children's books, Kate designed toys, birdbaths, and trail maps. She lives with her husband, Brian, in Pennsylvania. http-//

Table of Contents

Forewordp. iv
Chapter 1 Reunion on the Marshp. 1
Chapter 2 The Scientistsp. 5
Chapter 3 First Flightp. 9
Chapter 4 Captured!p. 13
Chapter 5 First Fishp. 21
Chapter 6 Migrationp. 29
Chapter 7 Island Hoppingp. 35
Chapter 8 Hurricanep. 41
Chapter 9 Over the Mountainsp. 47
Chapter 10 The Sea of Greenp. 51
Chapter 11 A Long Vacationp. 57
Chapter 12 A Busy Summerp. 61
Chapter 13 Homeward Boundp. 65
Chapter 14 Across the Gulfp. 71
Chapter 15 A Meal Lostp. 77
Chapter 16 Homecomingp. 81
Chapter 17 A New Pair of Ospreysp. 87
Chapter 18 A Final Reunionp. 93
Chapter 19 Journey's Endp. 97
Information and Resourcesp. 99
Osprey Basicsp. 99
Migrationp. 100
Injured Wildlifep. 101
Resourcesp. 102
Acknowledgmentsp. 104
Indexp. 106

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