- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd; First Edition edition (5 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554074320
- ISBN-13: 978-1554074327
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Migration of Birds Hardcover – 5 Nov 2009
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A tough book to put down. -- Dr. Jerome A. Jackson, Professor of Ecological Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University It is a rarity in the book word - a glossy, small-sized coffee table book that demands reading.--Chris Petrak, South Newfane, Vermont"Tails of the Bird blog" (11/07/2009) Lovely ... tells some wonderful stories and provides maps, illustrations, and astounding photographs.--Bill Robertson"Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (12/19/2009) This is not just a pretty coffee table book.... It is a wide-ranging look at all aspects of bird migration.--Bob Kortright"Toronto Field Naturalists Newsletter" (09/01/2009) This is an extremely important book and should be of interest to ornithologists and amateur bird lovers alike.--Dr. David M. Bird, Professor of Wildlife Biology, McGill University A tough book to put down.--Dr. Jerome A. Jackson, Professor of Ecological Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University If you are looking for a book for a birdwatcher friend, consider this one.--Jane Atkinson"Canadian Federation of Naturalists" (01/01/2009) A fun read that blends sound scholarship, clear writing, superb illustrations and an occasional twist of humor in an enjoyable historical context. A tough book to put down.--Dr. Jerome A. Jackson, Professor of Ecological Sci Hughes is gifted with the ability to explain complex subjects in a readable manner. This is an extremely important book and should be of interest to ornithologists and amateur bird lovers alike.--Dr. David M. Bird, Professor of Wildlife Biology, At once both scholarly and accessible, this remarkable book provides the most comprehensive up-to-date exploration of bird migration availble today. Hughes takes us on our own richly illustrated journey, from Aristotle to cutting-edge research. The more we discover, the more we humans are privileged to marvel at the wonders and mysteries of bird migration. This book is a must for anyone wishing to explore these wonders.--Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick, Director, Cornell Laborat This beautifully-produced hardback would grace any coffee table. The pages are glossy, and the images--both illustrations and photographs--are stunning. The Canadian author's text is easy to read and informative, and gives a global view of birds' migration patterns, not concentrating on any one continent or country. It is comprehensive, in that it deals with background information about birds and the reasons for their behaviour, rather than starkly stating routes and species. Very occasionally the text veers towards the technical, but only where it is necessary to concisely describe scientific findings. This is a fine book. "Birds travel because they must, they go because they wish to, and they journey because they can"--a neat description of bird migration by the author. If you are looking for a book for a birdwatcher friend, consider this one. It summarizes what is known today about migration and how that knowledge has accumulated.--Jane Atkinson"Canadian Federation of Naturalists" (01/01/2009) An ornithologist and conservation biologist, Hughes has written a quite readable and comprehensive introduction to bird migration, one of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring feats to be found in the animal world. The author examines the different ways that bird migration has been explained through history (such as the belief that they hid under ice during the winter), and details the latest scientific findings as to why birds make their epic journeys. Especially interesting is the chapter on how birds navigate from one place to another using three different systems to orient themselves. Generously illustrated in full color, this book will interest both ornithologists and birders. Lovely ... Hughes first takes an historical approach to the mystery of migration, then talks of evolution, of migration patterns, and along the way tells some wonderful stories and provides maps, illustrations, and astounding photographs. The one of an osprey capturing a fish is breathtaking.--Bill Robertson"Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (12/19/2009) Leaves the reader with a thorough explanatory answer to the main questions that a student, birder, or naturalist might want to ask about bird migration.--John D. Newman, National Institute of Health"Science Books and Films" (12/01/2009) The author tells the fascinating history and science of migration. It is a rarity in the book word - a glossy, small-sized coffee table book that demands reading.--Chris Petrak, South Newfane, Vermont"Tails of the Bird blog" (11/07/2009) This is not just a pretty coffee table book, though it is that. It is a wide-ranging look at all aspects of bird migration... The writing is lively, and the science is brought to life with 10 in-depth migration stories.--Bob Kortright"Toronto Field Naturalists Newsletter" (09/01/2009) Lots of nice photographs and illustrations complement the interesting text.--N. Glenn Perrett"Lake Wahwashkesh Conservation Association" (06/01/2010)
About the Author
Janice M. Hughes is a biology professor at Lakehead University and a member of the Society of Conservation Biologists and the American Ornithologists' Union. She is the author of Cranes and lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
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She traces the history of our understanding of migration, and includes some of the zany and hilarious ideas that humans once concocted to explain the disappearance of birds every autumn. For instance, I was astounded to learn that we used to think that birds hibernated under the ice of lakes in winter. Others felt that birds transformed themselves into sea barnacles until spring. At the other end of our understanding of migration, Hughes uncovers the very latest work being done to unravel the mysteries of this natural phenomena. We learn how the earth's magnetic pull, celestial navigation, landmarks, as well as things we don't fully understand, all play a role in helping birds cover vast distances to finally arrive exactly where they had intended.
The author's affection for "all things avian" comes through with every chapter. This book is beautifully written and contains a treasure-trove of cutting edge knowledge about the life of birds. A great gift for anyone interested in the world around us.
excellent reference on the subject.