Birds of Heaven Travels with Cranes

ISBN-10: 0865476578

ISBN-13: 9780865476578

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Description: “You don’t have to be a ‘craniac’ . . . to appreciate [this book] . . . All you really need is a passion for prose as good as it gets.” —Chicago Tribune In legend, cranes often figure as harbingers of heaven and omens of longevity and good fortune. And in nature, they are an “umbrella species” whose well-being assures that of the ecosystem at large. The Birds of Heaven chronicles Peter Matthiessen’s many journeys on five continents in search of the fifteen species of cranes. His telling captures the dilemmas of a planet in ecological crisis, and the deep loss to humankind if these beautiful and imposing creatures are allowed to disappear.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Nature writer and novelist Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City on May 22, 1927. He graduated from Yale University in 1950. He worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat and made several scientific expeditions to Alaska, Peru and New Guinea. He and Harold L. Humes founded the Paris Review, and Matthiessen was its first fiction editor. Matthiessen's nature books include "Wildlife in America," "The Clouded Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness" and "Under the Mountain Wall." His fiction includes "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," which was made into a movie starring Tom Berenger and was nominated for the National Book Award. Matthiessen's other awards include the John Burroughs Medal and the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation Award.

Robert Bateman began studying birds at the age of twelve in his native Ontario. He lives in Canada.

Foreword
Introduction
Black Dragon River
On the Daurian Steppe
Gujarat and Rajasthan
At the End of Tibet
In the Nine Rivers
Hokkaido
The Accidental Paradise
Outback
Equatoria, Ngorongoro, Okavango, and Transvaal
Down the Edges of the Distant Sky
The Sadness of Marshes
Grus americana
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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