A chorus of cranes: the cranes of North America and the world.

A chorus of cranes: the cranes of North America and the world. Paul A. Johnsgard.
A chorus of cranes: the cranes of North America and the world.

Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015. Quarto, paperback, colour photographs, black and white illustrations.

Accompanied by the stunning photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen, this book details the natural history, biology, and conservation issues surrounding the abundant Sandhill crane and the endangered Whooping crane in North America. Author Paul A. Johnsgard, one of the leading authorities on cranes and crane biology, describes the fascinating social behaviours, beautiful natural habitats, and gruelling seasonal migrations that have stirred the hearts of people as far back as medieval times and garnered the crane a place in folklore and mythology across continents. Johnsgard has substantially updated and significantly expanded his 1991 work "Crane Music," incorporating new information on the biology and status of these two North American cranes and providing abbreviated summaries on the other thirteen crane species of the world. The stories of these birds and their contrasting fates provide an instructive and moving history of bird conservation in North America.

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