Animal Migration: Remarkable Journeys in the Wild

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-05
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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This spectacular guide explores the mysteries of animal migration over land, through oceans, and in the air. Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 photographs and maps,Animal Migrationtraces the routes of some 100 species of animal on every continent, highlighting the specific conservation issues. Ben Hoare explains how animals migrate to find food or water or to breed, either as part of a mass migration or in individual journeys, describing in fascinating detail their navigation, reproductive, and feeding strategies. He also considers migrations that stand out for their extraordinary challenges and that take animals unthinkable distances across hostile or barren territory. Designed for easy browsing or in-depth study,Animal Migrationis divided into four major sections. The Spectacle of Migration features the Serengeti, the Australian Outback, the Canadian Arctic, the Okvango Delta, the Pantanal, and Antarctica and provides a broad overview. It explains how climate functions, how the migration instinct works, how the routes evolve, and how light, noise, concrete, towers, and cables affect migrating animals. Migration over Land documents the journeys of the caribou, wildebeest, spotted hyena, African elephants, and more. Migration across the Sea includes lobsters and herring as well as sea mammals like the walrus, several species of seal, and four types of whale. Migration by Air includes the spectacled eider duck, the osprey, the monarch butterfly, and the Icelandic whooper swan. This beautiful and authoritative book, an invaluable addition to any nature-lovers library, concludes with a supplementary catalog of migrants, adding the routes of an additional 200 animals.

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