Join us as author Deborah Cramer presents her marvelous journey following the endangered red knot across two continents from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic, in The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey.
“The Narrow Edge is at once an intimate portrait of the small red knot and a much larger exploration of our wondrous, imperiled world.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Pulizter Prize winning The Sixth Extinction
Every May, horseshoe crabs emerge from the waters of Delaware Bay to breed and to lay their eggs on the beach. The appearance of this prehistoric-looking animal is closely followed by the arrival of thousands of red knots, a migrating shorebird that feeds on horseshoe crab eggs en route to its arctic breeding grounds from the southern tip of South America, an astonishing 9,000-mile journey. This amazing scene inspires science and nature writer Cramer ("Great Waters; Smithsonian Ocean") to follow the knots on their long journey, visiting locations such as Tierra del Fuego, the Texas Gulf Coast, and Southampton Island. Along the way, the author encounters threats to each species such as pollution, global warming, and eroding shorelines while chronicling the heroic efforts of birders, scientists, and environmentalists working to protect the creatures. Furthermore, Cramer demonstrates how red knots, horseshoe crabs, and human beings are intimately linked. Indeed, she expresses the connectedness of all living beings and why conservation is vital in today's world. This highly readable and important work is recommended for birders, ecotourists, and anyone with an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.--Dave Pugl, Ela Area P.L., Lake Zurich, IL Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
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