Looking for Seabirds

Looking for Seabirds

Journal From An Alaskan Voyage

Book - 2004
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To human eyes, the remote Aleutian Islands of Alaska look barren and rocky. The waters seem frigid, the high, sweeping winds intolerable, and the seas rolling. Yet to seabirds of the northern hemisphere, these waters are idyllic, a mosaic of habitats teeming with underwater food and alive with currents of wind for soaring. Join Sophie Webb on a voyage in search of seabirds. Just as she did with her award-winning My Season with Penguins, she once again inspires our curiosity. As she watches for, writes about, and paints the graceful mottled petrel, the huge black-footed albatross, or the clownish tufted puffin, she makes tangible the delicacy yet hardiness of these seabirds--creatures that have been on the earth much longer than humans yet remain vulnerable to disturbances in the health of the ocean.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
ISBN: 9780618212354
Branch Call Number: j 598.177 WEBB S
Characteristics: 48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm.


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Aug 05, 2015

Utterly charming children's book describing a month's research tour of part of the Aleutian Islands. Webb was one of the ornithologists and painters on board; the illustrations are hers. Her job was to census the seabirds as they went through the passes between islands. The research was focused on the decline in sea lions. Both the sea lions and sea birds eat the same foods. The birds were more easily spotted than the sea lions. She was able to make all this totally clear. Also made clear what it felt like to be cold, wet, seasick, and stuck on a crowded boat with an international crew in "spring" (May). Lovely little book that taught me a lot, not least from the watercolors. Many of them would be worth framing.


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