The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, And An Epic Journey

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, And An Epic Journey

The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey

In a volume as urgent and eloquent as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, this book--winner of the Southern Environmental Law Center's 2016 Reed Environmental Writing Award in the book category--reveals how the health and well-being of a tiny bird and an ancient crab mirrors our own

** Winner of the 2016 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award given by the Society of Environmental Journalists **
 
Each year, red knots, sandpipers weighing no more than a coffee cup, fly a near-miraculous 19,000 miles from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic and back. Along the way, they double their weight by gorging on millions of tiny horseshoe crab eggs. Horseshoe crabs, ancient animals that come ashore but once a year, are vital to humans, too: their blue blood safeguards our health. Now, the rufa red knot, newly listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, will likely face extinction in the foreseeable future across its entire range, 40 states and 27 countries. The first United States bird listed because global warming imperils its existence, it will not be the last: the red knot is the...

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