Upcoming Season Most Treacherous For Migrants

THE MOST far-reaching investigation to date on the journeys of migrating species shows drastic changes are underway in the U.S and around the world.

Prominent ecologist David S. Wilcove synthesizes the most current research aimed at understanding and tracking migrations around the world in his new book, No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations (Island Press/ $24.95).

Climate change, sprawling development, pollution, and overexploitation of wildlife and natural resources all pose major obstacles in the long-distance journeys undertaken by tens of thousands of animal species worldwide.  Many species are experiencing dramatic population declines due to environmental changes in their breeding and wintering grounds and in the resting areas along the way that have long provided refuge.

No Way Home makes the case for habitat preservation based on cutting-edge scientific research, and offers the hope that we may yet be able to ensure the well-being of some of the earth’s most glorious creatures.

No Way Home is a powerfully relevant book that puts an important piece of the puzzle into place as scientists around the globe scramble to understand how climate change and other environmental impacts are affecting the future of life on Earth.

The author, David S. Wilcove, is professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, and public affairs at Princeton University and author of The Condor’s Shadow, which the Washington Post called a “State of the Natural Union Address.”  No Way Home will be available in bookstores throughout the United States starting October 15, 2007.

“In this important and exceptionally well written book, a leading wildlife biologist shows how human activity is not just erasing species and ecosystems but also cutting the ancient natural highways that make possible Earth’s greatest wildlife spectacles,” says Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

“Animal migration has been inspiring humans for millennia, but the grandest migrations are under increasing threat from human activity. The author explores the fragile balance between migrating species and the resources they need. The result is not only a fascinating account of these amazing journeys, but also an urgent call to preserve the varied habitats on which
migrants depend,” says David Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds.