In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo three-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, bike, and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the US heartland-the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies-and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale's landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this audiobook-part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history-is a fascinating firsthand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. It engages listeners in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.
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"Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright's leisurely, thoughtful pace is a good fit for this slow-moving account of a family of songbirds. When the author was a child, his mother read him Edwin Way Teale's NORTH WITH THE SPRING, a classic of American nature writing published in 1951. The book inspired Beehler to make his own epic three-month journey from coastal Texas to Canada to follow the spring migration of wood warblers. As he shadows these colorful but inconspicuous songbirds on their remarkable journey, Beehler shares facts about their lives and chats with those who work to protect the fragile species. Sellon-Wright's gentle, avuncular tone is pleasant, though there is little narrative to engage anyone other than the hard-core birder. D.B. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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