No Way Home
The Decline of the World's Great Animal MigrationsBook - 2008
"One of nature's great wonders is the migration of animals. Creatures as small as songbirds and as large as elephants travel vast distances, guided only by instinct and the landmarks of the world around them. They are a magnificent sight: a mile-long blanket of cranes rising from a Nebraska river; hundreds of thousands of wildebeests marching across the Serengeti: a blaze of orange as millions of monarch butterflies spread their wings to take flight in Mexico. But are we witnessing the last of the great migrations?" "In No Way Home, leading ecologist David S. Wilcove captures the splendor of migration and explores the growing threats to nature's long-distance travelers. Migration has always been arduous, but today there are unprecedented dangers. Fences and farms block herds of antelope; skyscrapers and cell towers lure birds to untimely deaths; salmon are caught as they swim from ocean to river; breeding grounds are paved over or plowed under; and global warming is disrupting the intricately timed travels of predator and prey. We are witnessing a dramatic decline in migrants, whether traveling by wing, foot, or fin." "Wilcove guides us on their treacherous journeys and explores what compels animals to keep on trekking. He brings to life the adventures of researchers, often as bold as their subjects, who race along deserted roads to track birds flying overhead, explore glaciers in search of frozen locusts, and outfit dragonflies with transmitters weighing less than one one-hundredth of an ounce." "Science and technology are helping us to understand migrations better, but alone they won't stop sea turtles and songbirds from going the way of the bison or passenger pigeon. What's required is the commitment and cooperation of people and governments in the far-flung countries migrants cross long before extinction is a threat. No Way Home offers powerful inspiration to preserve those glorious journeys."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Washington : Island Press/Shearwater Books, c2008
Description: ix, 245 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Branch Call Number: 591.568 Wil