Paul A. Johnsgard and Thomas D. Mangelsen (photographer); A CHORUS OF CRANES; University Press of Colorado (Nonfiction: Nature) 29.95 ISBN: 9781607324362
Byline: Matt Sutherland
In a 1968 speech to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Senegalese ecologist Baba Dioum said, "In the end, we will protect only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught." And there is the nutshell necessity behind A Chorus of Cranes -- magnificent photos and illustrations, natural history, biology, and conservation efforts for the whooping, sandhill, and other crane species -- and readers will be far more likely to join the effort to preserve crane habitat.
The remarkable crane is one of the oldest bird groups. North America's sandhill crane has not changed in nine million years, according to fossil finds in Nebraska. From South Africa to the Arctic, footprints confirm that cranes have...