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Tuesday 9 August 2022

Review: Animal Migrations: Flying, Walking, Swimming

Many animals migrate, but why some and not others? 

What prompts them to move from one place to another?

You may have many questions about this particular animal behaviour and Animal Migrations by Diane Jackson Hill sets out to answer them.

Animal Migrations has ten chapters, the first being about animal migration in general, and then chapters about three different types of migration.

Walking migration includes animals like caribou, plains zebras, and bearded pigs.

Marine animals that take part in swimming migration include turtles, whales, and northern elephant seals.

Those that fly are perhaps best known and include about one-fifth of bird species, as well as some bats and insects like butterflies.

Lots of facts and figures and examples are given for each type of animal migration. From the longest migration (Greenland to Antarctica), to how whale migration is monitored (tags tracked by satellite), and more, there is plenty to learn about this aspect of animal life.

There are surprises (hummingbirds migrate alone), and examples of accidental migration (frogs that hide in bunches of bananas and end up in a different part of the country when the bananas are transported for sale).

The connection between animal migration and human culture is also explored. For example, the migration of particular animals like eels and caribou being linked to the timing of community gatherings and celebrations.

The importance of animal migration to our environment and future is highlighted, too. We need to be aware and active in making sure the survival of these animals isn't threatened.

Animal life cycles, behaviour, and biodiversity are all covered in Animal Migrations, with detailed information, many photographs, a glossary and recommended further reading in a well-designed package.

Animal Migrations offers a wealth of information, perfect for assignments, or for anyone wanting to learn more about the animal world.

Teachers' notes can be downloaded from the publisher's website.

Title: Review: Animal Migrations: Flying, Walking, Swimming
Author: Diane Jackson Hill
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing, $29.99
Publication Date: August 2022
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781486315413
For ages: 8+
Type: Non-Fiction