• A Season on the Wind

  • Inside the World of Spring Migration
  • By: Kenn Kaufman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Science & Engineering, Science
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A close look at one season in one key site that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration, and the perils of human encroachment.

Every spring, billions of birds sweep north, driven by ancient instincts to return to their breeding grounds. This vast parade often goes unnoticed, except in a few places where these small travelers concentrate in large numbers. One such place is along Lake Erie in northwestern Ohio. There, the peak of spring migration is so spectacular that it attracts bird watchers from around the globe, culminating in one of the world’s biggest birding festivals. 

Millions of winged migrants pass through the region, some traveling thousands of miles, performing epic feats of endurance and navigating with stunning accuracy. Now climate change threatens to disrupt patterns of migration and the delicate balance between birds, seasons, and habitats. But wind farms - popular as green energy sources - can be disastrous for birds if built in the wrong places. This is a fascinating and urgent study of the complex issues that affect bird migration.

©2019 Kenn Kaufman (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Captures how rad bird migration is!

Well written and well told. Bird migration is one of the coolest natural phenomenons anywhere and kenn does a really great job telling that story! His voice is perfect also. What a treat!
Thanks!!

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Great!

A great book narrated by the calm well-spoken author himself. As an amateur birder with only two years experience, I found this book very informative, yet very tangible being a new birder. I’ve relayed many tidbits of information of this book to experienced birders to whom to me are mentors. They also found a lot of new facts and information within the text. Though I must admit, I found myself very anxious and unsettled throughout the book since I have been listening at work in the emergence of fall. I found myself uneasy, constantly wanting to just go out into nature and bird. Spring can’t come soon enough!

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Migration Interpreted Beautifully!

Fantastic! Whether you've been able to experience the amazing migration in northwest Ohio or not, you will immediately become entranced with beautiful images of birds, wildlife areas, and the people that flock into this unique patch of our country every spring. This book is also read by Kenn which adds even more value as his passion for birds and bird migration are crystal clear throughout the book. I suggest you read or listen to this book while outside as Kenn has a magical gift of making you constantly want to look up at every avian blessing that catches your eye!

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Interesting but biased

A decent book but biased and difficult to listen to at times. As a naturalist and conservationist the anti-windmill argument was painful as other power production is far more damaging.

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Like a migration, I will probably come back to this topic and author another time later in the year.

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Loved it! So much information!

First the good (great)...this book is chock-full of great information! It never would have occurred to me to go to Northwest Ohio to go birdwatching during the spring migration...but here I am, planning to attend the Biggest Week Ever next spring! I loved all of the detailed information that is generously provided throughout every chapter. I learned so much from a man that has devoted his life to observing our feathered friends..

Now the not-so-good, I have a feeling that I would have enjoyed it more if I read it vice listening. Kenn put a great book together but his narration of it was lacking. I would expect more emotion coming from the guy who actually wrote it vice the monotone voice. Don't get me wrong, I still loved this book but it would have been so much better if some emotion came through on the narration.

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Awesome book! I learned so much!

I had no idea how rich the migration is in Ohio. I grew up there, and was clueless until I listened to this book. Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us readers! I can’t wait to visit my family in Ohio and see the birds and listen to the birds that you described.

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A little More emotion or expression would be nice

The story was interesting but it was not what I expected. I did learn a lot about migration. I am still trying to understand how the weather app her affects what the birds will do and where you can expect to see the most. The part about learning how scientists learned about migrationWas very surprising to me overall I am glad I read the book it was a peaceful restful book

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  • JK
  • 06-20-21

CAPTIVATING

A most amazing topic. The author mixes facts, future, dreams and philosophy. A variety of chapters. The author is also the narrator. It is best to kick the speed up a notch. ENJOY! My thanks to everyone involved, JK

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A love letter to bird migration & NE Ohio

I’m a big fan and admirer of Ken Kaufman, and his guides stoked and influenced my passion for birdwatching and nature. This book educates the reader about bird migration in the western hemisphere by focusing in particular on Northeast Ohio, and compellingly highlights the threats that wind power poses to bird life, it’s not as green and benign as it appears.

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  • Kooperthequick
  • 03-21-21

Migration Mysteries and Magic

I was drawn to this audiobook after having read Kingbird Highway by the same author many years ago. While focusing on Spring migration into the United States there is a parallel and equally remarkable migration into Europe where the same principles apply.
Beautifully and passionately read by the author, A Season on the Wind was a joy to read and reflect on as the migrant birds start to arrive on our shores.