*Signed copy* Epic Animal Journeys : Navigations and Migrations by Air, Land and Sea
My first book, signed however ya like it. I will even draw a wee animal pic for you... Please send me a message/ email with your requests.
This came about whilst doing research for a book that's direction was something along the lines of "things we can't quite explain" ... an interesting premise but as it turns out it's really hard to write about things that we can't quite explain... In the midst of this research and at the height of summer, I was sat outside watching the swifts perform their annual acrobatics overhead and wondered to myself where they go to the rest of the year and to be honest I couldn't believe what I read.
The short is, swifts don't land... well they might, but as a rule, they try not to. It's thought that some individuals might go years without landing, constantly flying. They eat, sleep, drink, mate and catch debris to build their nests entirely on the wing. They migrate annually between Eurasia and Africa and can discern, for example, between the types of insects that sting (less tasty) than those that cannot (much tastier) all at speeds of about 110 km/h.
So, as it turned out, one of the areas we don't know lots about (but enough) was migration and from that, this book was born.
Indespensible help, guidance and writings from publisher, Ziggy Hanaor at Cicada books, who made this all possible.
All the branches of the animal kingdom – birds, fish, crustaceans, reptiles, mammals, insects, and even slime moulds undertake great journeys across water land or air. This is a glorious celebration of the mysteries and marvels of migration.
Migration is one of the great mysteries of the natural world. With no compass or GPS devices, birds fly thousands of miles from Europe to their African feeding grounds, salmon cross oceans so that they may return to the rivers in which they were born and monarch butterflies spend their entire adult lives travelling from the grasslands of the Midwest to the forests of Mexico.
This book takes a close look at how and why different animals migrate. The science of migration is broken down into clearly understood texts, and then brought to life in case studies of individual species.
Simple text packed with fascinating facts and details are accompanied by eye-catching illustrations that illuminate the fragility and wonders of our extraordinary planet and the species that inhabit it.
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