ornithology, ecology, environmentalism, and our life in the natural world
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Winged Sentinels: Birds and Climate Change, by Janice Wormworth, and Cagan H. Sekercioglu, 2011, Cambridge University Press.
" 'The ability of the birds to show us the consequences of our own actions is among their most important and least appreciated attributes. Despite the free advice of the birds, we do not pay attention', said Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947. From ice-dependent penguins of Antarctica to songbirds that migrate across the Sahara, birds' responses provide early warning signs of the impact of climate change." (Publisher website). This book shows how birds are dealing with threats from climate change and how they might (and whether they are likely to) adapt to a warming world. Şekercioğlu is a biology professor at the University of Utah (the first tropical biologist from Turkey). He graduated from Harvard University in 1997 with degrees in biology and anthropology, and completed his Ph.D. at Stanford University. Wormworth is a professional science writer.