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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce M. Beehler Narrator: Keith Sellon-Wright Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781538493045
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In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo three-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, bike, and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario.

In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the US heartland—the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies—and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration.

Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale’s landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this audiobook—part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history—is a fascinating firsthand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. It engages listeners in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.

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  • “As a newly infatuated birdwatcher, I was transported by Bruce Beehler’s North on the Wing. In the guise of a travelogue, Beehler’s account takes us on the ultimate no-frills road trip to tiny towns and hidden birding paradises to observe the miraculous touchdown of songbirds returning to our shores after surviving impossible odds to get here. Infused with scientific knowledge and personal passion, North on the Wing should serve as a companion to Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, destined to be a classic on the shelves of birders, naturalists, conservationists, and nature lovers alike.”

    Amy Tan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This debut will satisfy a variety of readers; those interested in bird-watching, natural and American history, and travelogs will find Beehler’s story especially appealing.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A charming and enjoyable sojourn in the company of a witty and knowledgeable guide.”


  • “A valuable source of information for songbird lovers and dedicated bird-watchers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Bruce M. Beehler is an ornithologist, naturalist, conservationist, author, and lecturer. He is a research associate in the division of birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He is best known for coleading a survey of biological diversity in the Foja Mountains of Papua New Guinea in 2005, during which the wattled smoky honeyeater was discovered and the bronze parotia and golden-fronted bowerbird were photographed for the first time. He has published eleven books about nature, most recently Birds of New Guinea.

About the Narrator

Keith Sellon-Wright has more than thirty years of experience in Hollywood. His television roles have included Frasier, Seinfeld, The West Wing, Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Greys Anatomy, and Scandal. Keith also serves as a “voice of the New York Times," narrating selected articles for their daily audio edition.