Flight Paths: How the mystery of bird migration was solved by Rebecca Heisman


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How and why birds navigate the skies, traveling from continent to continent – flying thousands of miles across the earth each fall and spring – has continually fascinated the human imagination, but only recently have we been able to fully understand these amazing journeys. Although we know much more than ever before, even the most enthusiastic birdwatcher may not know how we got here, the ways that the full breadth of scientific disciplines have come together to reveal these annual avian travels. This is the story of how a group of migration-obsessed scientists in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries engaged nearly every branch of science to understand bird migration – from where and when they take off to their flight paths and behaviours, their destinations and the challenges they encounter getting there.