Monday, April 13, 2015

The Nesting Season by Bernd Heinrich

Summary: Bernd Heinrich provides an in-depth study of bird's songs, mating rituals, sex roles, predation, migration, and nesting behaviors in this fascinating and engaging book. He discusses in detail the variety of strategies birds use to reproduce and its complexities. There are some surprising and unexpected twists in bird romancing. It includes beautiful photos and the author's watercolors. It's a great read for Spring.

Harvard Press Book Information including Reviews, Table of Contents and More:

Saint Paul Audubon - Review:

NPR Interview: "Nesting with a Naturalist":

Interview on Science Friday with Ira:

Northern Woodlands Site: Great Article and Photos about Nests: "Which Bird Made That Nest?"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

This is the incredible story about B95, a male rufa Red knot, who flies over 18,000 miles per year from Tierra del Fuego to his breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic and back again. His species has declined by 80% due to lost habitat and food availability. This book is about his life and questions why and how he has survived for over 20 years. Find out why he is called "Moonbird".

Review by The Horn Book:

Phillip Hoose's Website:

Nature Conservancy Article:

Teacher's Guide