The first book to survey the vast literature on bird migration, including the effects of global warming on behavior and the role of migrants in the spread of disease.
John H. Rappole is research scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. He has studied the ecology of migratory birds for four decades and has written more than 150 professional publications and 13 books for both popular and professional audiences, including The Ecology of Migrant Birds: A Neotropical Perspective and Wildlife of the Mid-Atlantic: A Complete Reference Manual.
This book is an important contribution to ongoing debates regarding migration, including the evolution of migration, the conservation of migratory birds, and the effect of migration on the life-history strategies of birds. -- Douglas Stotz, Field Museum of Natural History Not surprisingly, John H. Rappole's new book is the most comprehensive treatment of avian migration on the bookshelf, a culmination of his lifetime work. Anyone with an interest in birds will find The Avian Migrant easy to comprehend, and the professional will find the ideas presented forcefully and the coverage of little-known topics especially stimulating. Rappole pulls no punches, and his views are spelled out with uncommon clarity. -- Eugene S. Morton, Hemlock Hill Field Station There are many ways toward an understanding of the evolution of seasonal migration in birds. The Avian Migrant represents John H. Rappole's personal trail of intellectual discovery. The book takes us through a year in the life of a typical songbird migrant, signposting and critically evaluating models of explanation along the way. It is an engaging, well-written, and deep dialogue about what makes migrant birds tick. -- Theunis Piersma, University of Groningen Over all, then, this is a very well written and produced book that can't fail to stimulate and educate anyone with an interest in bird migration who takes the time to read it. BTO News - British Trust for Ornithology readable, inspiring, and stimulating -- Franz Bairlein Science