The art of migration: birds, insects, and the changing seasons in Chicagoland.

The art of migration: birds, insects, and the changing seasons in Chicagoland. John Bates, James Boone, Peggy MacNamara.
The art of migration: birds, insects, and the changing seasons in Chicagoland.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. Oblong format, dustwrapper, colour illustrations.

From tiny ruby-throated hummingbirds to the majestic red-tailed hawk, this book examines the many creatures that commute on the Mississippi Flyway as part of an annual migration. This magnificent migrational dance takes place every year in Chicagoland, yet it is often missed by the region's two-legged residents. Readers are introduced to over two hundred of the birds and insects that traverse regions from the edge of Lake Superior to Lake Michigan and to the rivers that flow into the Mississippi. Macnamara's magnificent watercolour illustrations capture flocks, movement, and species-specific details. The illustrations are accompanied by details such as natural histories, notable features for identification, behaviour, and how species have adapted to environmental changes. The book follows a seasonal sequence and includes chapters on studying migration, artist's notes on illustrating wildlife, and tips on the best ways to watch for birds and insects in the Chicago area. A perfect balance of science and art, "The Art of Migration" will prompt us to marvel anew at the remarkable spectacle going on around us.

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