Thursday, May 20, 2010 |
One of the many ways we can make a connection to nature is through birds. We see their glorious colours and hear their beautiful songs, and relate to their sociability. But in her latest book, The Bird Detective: Investigating The Secret Lives of Birds, Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, a biology professor at York University in Toronto, reveals the real story behind the friendly facade.
Dr. Stutchbury tells why females cheat on their mates, why birds divorce, and why city birds sing differently from their rural brothers and sisters. The Bird Detective also describes the many challenges humans are imposing on birds. Human impact on the environment is changing bird habitat, breeding patterns, migration routes and many other critical aspects of their life cycle.