Gatherings of Angels

Gatherings of Angels

Migrating Birds and Their Ecology

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of essays explores the migration habits of hawks, hummingbirds, warblers, buntings, finches, cranes, and egrets

Cornell University Press
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.

Book News
Scientists describe not only the biological aspects, but also the beauty and excitement of the awesome journeys. Introductory chapters discuss the scope and evolution of migration and flight behavior, energetics, and navigation. Then come the stories, among them a view from aloft of neotropical migrants and the Gulf of Mexico, the forced migration of the broad-winged hawk, and hummingbirds in Rocky Mountain Meadows. They are supported by an epilogue on conservation, an appendix of common and scientific names of birds and plants mentioned, 24 pages of color photographs, and black-and-white photographs throughout. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Ithaca, NY : Comstock Books, 1999
ISBN: 9780801433627
Characteristics: xi, 193 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Able, Kenneth P.


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