Monday, September 8, 2008

Living on the Wind

With fall migration well underway, many birders are amazed by the number of birds that are coming into their local birding spots. Every fall weekend thousands of birders flock to their local parks to observe the wonders of migration but how well do they really understand what is going on. In order to better understand migration, every birder should read Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul.

Front Cover of Living on the Wind

While we watch migration every spring and fall, many of us forget about the dangers that all migrant birds face. Through his seven years of research, Weidensaul has viewed migrants on their breeding and wintering grounds and during migration throughout North and South America. By writing about his experiences with migrant birds and the people that are working to protect them throughout the continent, he has shed light on the dangers that they face. He shows that there is not only a problem on breeding grounds, during migration or on wintering grounds but actually migratory birds are threatened during all three stages.

Vesper Sparrow in Sage Field

Not only is this a book about the incredible journeys of migratory birds but it is also a warning of the possible problems that may arise if we do not work to protect these birds and the habitats that they inhabit. It is important that all birders read this book and understand how we as birders can help save migratory birds.

If you would like to purchase this book please click here to go to Amazon.com.

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