Praise for Living on the Wind


"What Rachel Carson did for the sea - opening the public's eyes to the fragile richness of whole ecosystems - Scott Weidensaul has now done for bird migration . . . Elegant and lyrically written . . . His book, like Carson's before it, is good enough to make a difference."

Caroline Fraser, Outside


"Migration is a rich subject and Mr. Weidensaul mines its depths with elegance and style . . . [he] translates difficult scientific concepts into understandable English while artfully interweaving personal experiences into the larger natural-history story. That combination, together with the transcendent mystery of the subject, makes this book fulfilling for birders and nonbirders alike."

Marie Winn, The Wall Street Journal


"Living on the Wind stands out among bird books . . . Thought-provoking, provocative, informative, it's not only an outstanding book on bird migration, it's also one of the best bird books I have read for a long time."

David Tomlinson, New Scientist


"A fascinating book, unusually well written, about a truly astonishing phenomenon, one which transcends bird migration and opens wide the great beauty and mystery of creation."

Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard and Wildlife in America


"In Living on the Wind, Scott Weidensaul has brought together the classical experiments of the 1950s, which began to reveal the wonders of migration, and the ongoing discoveries of the present day. A must read. I was captivated the whole way. "

Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven


"Few natural events intrigue us more than migration, and few treatments of the subject are as thorough and lucid as this. Scott Weidensaul's book, like the birds that are its subject, has wings."

Pete Dunne, author of The Feather Quest and The Wind Masters


"Living on the Wind is absolutely splendid -- I loved every single page. Fascinating and beautifully written, it is a naturalist's delight, a lavish feast for the mind and senses, and an urgent call to attention on behalf of our migratory birds. This book, as much as any I've read, rings brilliantly with the glory, the complexity, the mystery, and the vulnerability of nature."

Richard Nelson, author of Heart and Blood: Living with Deer in America