Say Goodbye To The Cuckoo: Migratory Birds And The Impending Ecological Catastrophe by Michael McCarthySay Goodbye To The Cuckoo: Migratory Birds And The Impending Ecological Catastrophe by Michael McCarthy

Say Goodbye To The Cuckoo: Migratory Birds And The Impending Ecological Catastrophe

byMichael McCarthy

Paperback | March 15, 2016

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The return of migrant birds from their wintering grounds in the tropics is one of the delights of America's spring, as anyone will testify whose heart has leapt in April or May at the first liquid song of the woodthrush, or the first black-and-orange flash of the Baltimore oriole. But in recent years concern has grown that migrant birds may be declining, perhaps because of deforestation at their winter quarters in the Caribbean and in Central and South America. In Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, Michael McCarthy highlights for the first time the disappearance of these birds which, he points out, are a part of Europe's distinctive cultural furniture, "as much as cathedrals, Latin, olive oil, or wine." He shows how their loss would do devastating damage to the cultural inheritance of us all.
Michael McCarthy is one of Britain's leading writers on the environment. Formerly environment correspondent for the Times of London, for the last ten years he has been environment editor of the Independent. Three times he has been named environment reporter of the year and in 2007 was awarded the medal of the Royal Society for the Prot...
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Title:Say Goodbye To The Cuckoo: Migratory Birds And The Impending Ecological CatastropheFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.62 × 5.7 × 0.8 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144225193X

ISBN - 13:9781442251939

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Table of Contents

Preface 1 Spring-Bringers 2 Out of Africa 3 A Sense of Wonder 4 Unlocking the Soundscape 5 The Spirit of the Place 6 A Promise of Lazy Days 7 What's So Special About Swallows? 8 Understatement on a Fence Post 9 The Wildness Within 10 The Wandering Voice 11 Warnings from the New World 12 Vanishings 13 A Loss of a Different Order Acknowledgments Index

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Michael McCarthy's Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo combines an exploration of the crisis that temperate-zone migrant birds are now facing with a celebration of Europe's birds-their beauty, their haunts, their symbolic and cultural value in our civilization and traditions. . . . [His] descriptions are glorious.