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Animal migration is a powerful sight: a mile-long blanket of cranes emerging from a Nebraska river and filling the sky; millions of wildebeests marching around the Serengeti; a blaze of orange as hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies unfold their wings to take flight. Nature’s nice migrations have captivated numerous spectators, none extra so than most appropriate ecologist David S. Wilcove. certainly not domestic, his awe is palpable—as are the transforming into threats to migratory animals.
We should be witnessing a death phenomenon between many species. Migration has consistently been laborious, yet today’s tourists face unheard of hazards. Skyscrapers and telephone towers entice birds and bats to premature deaths, fences and farms block herds of antelope, salmon are stuck en course among ocean and river, breeding and wintering grounds are paved over or plowed, and worldwide warming disrupts the synchronized schedules of predators and prey. the result's a dramatic decline within the variety of migrants.
Wilcove publications us on their treacherous trips, describing the obstacles to migration and exploring what compels animals to maintain on hiking. He additionally brings to lifestyles the adventures of scientists who examine migrants. frequently as daring as their matters, researchers pace wildly alongside abandoned roads to trace birds hovering overhead, discover glaciers looking for frozen locusts, and outfit dragonflies with transmitters weighing below one one-hundredth of an ounce.
clinical discoveries and complex applied sciences are supporting us to appreciate migrations higher, yet on my own, they won’t cease sea turtles and songbirds from going the way in which of the bison or passenger pigeon. What’s required is the dedication and cooperation of the far-flung nations migrants cross—long earlier than extinction is a hazard. As Wilcove writes, “protecting the abundance of migration is essential to holding the dignity of migration.” No approach domestic bargains strong thought to maintain these wonderful journeys.

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