Gatherings of Angels: Migrating Birds and Their Ecology

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Kenneth P. Able
Cornell University Press, 1999 - 193 Seiten

The migration of birds has forever amazed and confounded onlookers. How do birds find their way to their destinations? How do they withstand the dangers and rigors of long-distance flight? The survival of migrant birds is increasingly threatened by environmental degradation and manmade hazards; their protection is more critical than ever. Gatherings of Angels offers first-hand accounts by leading experts who convey the beauty and excitement of migration while communicating important messages about avian conservation. The book features twenty-four pages of stunning color photographs with additional black-and-white photographs throughout.Two chapters of background information on migration precede chapters that focus on different species or groups of birds and the localities essential to their survival--from the spring flights of songbirds across the Gulf of Mexico to the massing of sandhill cranes on the Platte River. The authors discuss the timing of migrant travel; the routes followed; and the concentration of birds in stop-over sites, locations that must be preserved if they are to have secure resting spots with fresh water and ample food to fuel their journey.

 

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The use of radar was an important tool in the elucidation of the fascinating phenomenon of bird migration. Early radar echoes of flying birds or unknown sources were referred to as "angels." The major ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Scope and Evolution of Bird Migration KENNETH P ABLE I
11
Neotropical Migrants and the Gulf SIDNEY A GAUTHREAUX JR
27
Neotropical Migrants and the Gulf FRANK R MOORE
51
The Epic JAMES BAIRD
63
The Forced Migration KEITH L BILDSTEIN
79
Sandhill Cranes and the Platte River GARY L KRAPU
103
STANLEY E SENNER
135
WILLIAM A CALDER
149
Epilogue Conservation of Birds on Migration
169
Appendix Common and Scientific Names of Birds
179
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Kenneth P. Able is Professor of Biological Sciences at University at Albany, State University of New York.

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