Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo

Migratory Birds and the Impending Ecological Catastrophe

Book - 2010
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In luminous prose, British writer McCarthy addresses the cultural significance of migratory songbirds, from nightingales to turtle doves to the European Cuckoo, on the heart and soul ... A stunning and profound book that will make readers realize how very much these amazing winged creatures matter. --Colleen Mondor, Booklist.
This book explains for the first time how Americans and Europeans have only recently come to realize that their summer visitors have a special identity: they are birds of two worlds, the tropics as well as the temperate zone, and thus doubly vulnerable to environmental degradation. Author Michael McCarthy pursues these captivating creatures in their natural habitats, bringing them to life for the reader and showing what would be lost by their disappearance.--[book jacket].
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2010
ISBN: 9781566638562
Branch Call Number: 598.1568 M1235s 2010
Characteristics: x, 274 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Jan 07, 2015

The bibliographic info is true to the book and aptly reflects the author's rather wordy and somewhat romanticized, sociological view of the bird in our lives. The last chapter had a surprise for this American birder. European scientists made predictions of climate change influenced habitat for specific species of birds in 2008! In the US National Audubon Society did this in 2014.


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