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by Keith L. Bildstein

Category: Biological Sciences
Subcategory: Science books
Author: Keith L. Bildstein
ISBN: 080144179X
ISBN13: 978-0801441790
Language: English
Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (September 14, 2006)
Pages: 336
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If you care about raptors, their live, behaviour and conservation, get this book.

Like Bildstein, I was fascinated at an early age by the hunting flights of birds of prey-then as an adult so entranced by their far-flung migrations that I followed peregrine falcons in a light plane from Texas to Canada and back to the tropics. If you care about raptors, their live, behaviour and conservation, get this book.

In this book, he details the stories and successes of twelve of the world's most important raptor-viewing spots, among them Cape May Point, New Jersey; Veracruz, Mexico; Kekoldi, Costa Rica; the Strait of Gibralter, Spain; and Elat, Israel

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Many raptors, the hawks, eagles, and falcons of the world, migrate over long distances, often in impressively large numbers. Many avoid crossing wide expanses of water and follow "flyways" to optimize soaring potential. Atmospheric conditions and landscape features, including waterways and mountain ranges, funnel these birds into predictable bottlenecks through which thousands of daytime birds of prey may pass in a short time.

In this book, he details the stories and successes of twelve of the world's most important raptor-viewing spots, among them Cape May Point, New Jersey; Veracruz, Mexico; Kekoldi, Costa Rica; the Strait of Gibralter, Spain; and Elat, Israel.

Keith L. Bildstein is Sarkis Acopian Director of. . Bildstein is Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, where he oversees Hawk Mountain's conservation science program, and coordinates the activities of the Sanctuary's graduate students, international interns, and visiting scientists. You can contact Keith at: bildsteinmtn.

Bildstein, Keith L. (Author). The phenomenon of raptor migration - Origins and evolution of raptor migration - History of raptor-migration studies - Flight strategies - Orientation and navigation - The ecology of migratory raptors - Migration geography - Migration life histories - Great hawkwatches - Protecting migratory raptors.

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Many raptors, the hawks, eagles, and falcons of the world, migrate over long distances, often in impressively large numbers. Many avoid crossing wide expanses of water and follow "flyways" to optimize soaring potential. Atmospheric conditions and landscape features, including waterways and mountain ranges, funnel these birds into predictable bottlenecks through which thousands of daytime birds of prey may pass in a short time. Birders and ornithologists also congregate at these locations to observe the river of raptors passing overhead (as did hunters in the United States in the past and in some countries even today).

Keith L. Bildstein has studied migrating raptors on four continents and directs the conservation science program at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania, the world's first refuge for migratory birds of prey. In this book, he details the stories and successes of twelve of the world's most important raptor-viewing spots, among them Cape May Point, New Jersey; Veracruz, Mexico; Kekoldi, Costa Rica; the Strait of Gibralter, Spain; and Elat, Israel. During peak migration, when the weather is right, the skies at these sites, as at Hawk Mountain, can fill with thousands of birds in a single field of view. Bildstein, whose knowledge of the phenomenon of raptor migration is comprehensive, provides an accessible account of the history, ecology, geography, science, and conservation aspects surrounding the migration of approximately two hundred species of raptors between their summer breeding sites and their wintering grounds. He summarizes current knowledge about how the birds' bodies handle the demands of long-distance migration and how they know where to go.

Migrating Raptors of the World also includes the ecological and conservation stories of several intriguing raptor migrants, including the Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Western Honey Buzzard, Northern Harrier, Grey-faced Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, and Amur Falcon.

Comments to eBook Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and Conservation
Damand
Exceptional in every way! Undoubtedly the most thorough and interesting book I've found on raptors, written by an expert who's made them his life.
Mr_Mole
Migrating Raptors is a must have book for everyone interested in raptors or bird migration. The writing is easy to follow and it covers raptors all around the world.
The book is based on the latest science and observations of hawk watchers around the globe and I know no other book that has more information on raptor migration than this one.
I've read the book at least twice and I often use it as a reference when I want to look up something in raptor migration.

I like the narrow focus. There are several great books on bird migration but none has a focus on raptors only.

I also recommend the following books on bird migration. They also have information on raptors although they also cover other birds:
The Migration Ecology of Birds (best book on overall bird migration ever published, with a focus on ecology and evolution)
Bird Migration and Global Change (important book on global environmental changes and bird migration)

If you care about raptors, their live, behaviour and conservation, get this book.
Cyregaehus
In his role as Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Keith Bildstein has arguably studied raptors on a more global scale than any person alive, both in person and in the literature. He has put this experience to good effect in this excellent synthesis of the research on raptor migration ecology around the world. The inclusion of information from the tropics, Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America make this book a big advancement over its predecessors. Bildstein's concise and precise text uses words economically to explain scientific phenomena and details of raptor biology clearly in a way that is accessible to amateur ornithologists and conservationists, while still being of interest and value to professionals. The references alone form a valuable body of work for anyone doing research in the field. And the migration life histories of eight species are unique and interesting, showing how individual species apply the general ecological principles of migration ecology in varying ways. Every hawkwatcher and raptor researcher will definitely want to add this to their libraries; birders and naturalists of all interests will be enriched in their understanding of the natural world by this book; and ecologists and conservationists of all stripes should own this work since it is about some of the sentinel species of earth's environment. I give it my highest recommendation and it would make a great Christmas gift for any of the above.
Hanelynai
To me, one of the most boring topics to read about is bird migration. This topic puts me to sleep, it is that boring. This book, however, is interesting. The information is presented in a very easy manner to understand and it makes the topic of migration interesting. This book sites particular species as they migrate and provides theories and other information about the reasons for migration. Very good and informative.
RED
One of the criticisms of science is that scientists are 'preaching to the choir', that is, there is difficulty in passing scientific findings outside of the scientific community and into the general public where important on-the-ground decisions are made. In this book, Keith demonstrates the ability to take the vast body of scientific literature, as it pertains to raptors, and organize it in a way which allows the reader to feel at ease with the subject matter. A true eloquence is evident considering it was all done without the need to 'dumb down' the science which remains the foundation of the book. Each chapter, heavily cited, will be entertaining and educational to anyone interested in raptors and their conservation.
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