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Bird Migration

A New Understanding

A fascinating and nuanced exploration of why, how, and which birds migrate.

Bird migration captivates the human imagination, yet for most of us, key aspects of the phenomenon remain a mystery. How do birds sense the ideal moment to take wing, and once the epic journey has begun, how do they find their distant destinations? Fresh insights about avian movements are still constantly emerging, powered by new tools like molecular genetics and transmitter miniaturization.

In this book, renowned ornithologist and author John H. Rappole reveals intriguing results of recent scientific studies on migration, explaining their importance for birders, nature lovers, and researchers alike. Debunking misconceptions about the lives of birds that have persisted for thousands of years, Rappole explores unexpected causes and previously misunderstood aspects of the annual migration cycle. From the role of migrating birds in zoonotic disease transmission to climate change's impact on migration patterns, Rappole tackles crucial questions and ensures that readers come away with a new understanding of why and how birds migrate.

About the Author

John H. Rappole is research scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. He is the author of numerous books, including Birds of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Where to Find Them and The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration.

Endorsements

"John Rappole takes our beliefs about avian migration and flips them upside down, prompting the reader to reassess their own assumptions. Rappole's frank presentation of the process of scientific discovery and controversy is revealing and absorbing."

- Danielle J. Whittaker, author of The Secret Perfume of Birds: Uncovering the Science of Avian Scent

"In engaging language, the reader can expect revelations throughout that will both challenge and greatly inform. For many, their perceptions of the avian world will never be the same."

- Colin Rees, author of Nature's Calendar: A Year in the Life of a Wildlife Sanctuary

"In his insightful and thought-provoking new book, ecologist John Rappole explains that birds migrate in order to locate seasonally abundant food resources, not, as commonly assumed, because of seasonally unfavorable weather. This theory shows that most familiar migrant species evolved from resident tropical species."

- Bruce M. Beehler, author of Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia

"Bird Migration is an excellent scholarly release aimed at a wide readership within the citizen science community and beyond. Rappole creates a skillful presentation of the different facets of bird migration, combining it intelligently with personal annotations of his own research contributions and enriching it with some stunning answers derived from most recent bird behavior studies."

- Karl-L Schuchmann, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig
Johns Hopkins University Press
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