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Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond

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Title: Soaring with Fidel: An Osprey Odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and Beyond
Author: Gessner, David
ISBN: 9780807085783
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published: 2007
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
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Nature & Ecology 1388461

Publisher Description:
An irreverent, absorbing, and insightful tale of one man's adventures following the great 7,000-mile osprey migration across two continents One September, after writing about ospreys on Cape Cod for years, David Gessner impulsively decided to follow the birds on their annual migration. Each fall these graceful raptors, with wingspans of up to six feet, cruise over the eastern United States, then soar over Cuba and winter in South America, returning north with the spring. In 2004, Gessner went along for the ride, traveling illegally into the mountains of Cuba and deep into Venezuela as he competed with the crew of a BBC documentary to be the first to follow the full migration, trailing the birds by car, boat, foot, and plane. He called his favorite osprey Fidel. Soaring with Fidel is about the exhilaration of migration, but it is also a deeper meditation on the nature of human happiness. In describing the thrill of travel, the antics of these swashbuckling birds, and the cast of characters he meets (and drinks with) along the way--including scientists, students, tour guides, and an online group of birders--Gessner gives us a profound lesson in the importance of following what you love. From the tidal marshes of Cape Cod to jungle lakes in Venezuela, David Gessner lets nothing--not language barriers, not empty pockets, not steely-eyed Cuban bureaucrats or American embargoes--stop him from following the migration of the osprey. Just reckless enough to be lucky, Gessner wins over everyone he meets. Soaring with Fidel has wings. --Scott Weidensaul, author of Living on the Wind Because of its robust passion and focus, Soaring with Fidel would have probably been afavorite of Teddy Roosevelt's. It's Gessner's finest book, unpredictable in the best way, and funny, too; an adventure book and much more--a book of contact, written by a writer who quickly becomes an audible and visible presence. Soaring with Fidel demonstrates that you can 'pick up one thing and find the rest of