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The Man Who Flies with Birds
ISBN: 9780822576433
Author: Vogel, Carole Garbuny/ Leshem, Yossi
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: September 2009
Retail: $18.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: When Israeli army planes collide with birds in the air, ornithologist Yossi Leshem finds a remarkable way to save the pilots, the planes, and the birds. Leshem, an internationally known ornithologist who studies bird migration systems in the Middle East, not only helps the Israeli military navigate the skies with his radar monitoring system, but he begins a peace program to bring children of the Middle East together to help with bird migration projects.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 10.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Middle School, Geography, Biographies
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Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #6)
Yossi Leshem, an Israeli biologist, studies the migratory patterns of raptors and other soaring birds. As explained through this account of Leshem's research and outreach, Israel is an opportune place to study migration -- not only because of its geographical setting, under one of the major Africa-Europe-Asia migration routes, but also because of the military's need to reduce bird strikes in order to keep jets in the air. Vogel's well-paced text explains how Leshem became interested in nature generally and bird migration specifically and describes the tools and practices he has developed, including the use of gliders and drones to document the birds crossing Israeli airspace. The book highlights the ways in which applied science can support not just national and commercial interests (and vice versa) but also international goodwill and global conservation. Numerous color photographs and diagrams illustrate the migration routes and feature birds both in close-up detail and in massive migratory flocks. Appended are lists of further reading, websites, and organizations, and an index. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 December)

Gr 4–8—At age 25, as a young biologist with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Leshem knew that he wanted to become a raptor expert. When he earned his Ph.D. in ornithology, he decided to study the dangers that the 35 species of raptors that travel through Israel encounter during migration. He approached the Israeli Air Force, promising that, with sufficient funding, he could map the migration routes of large birds and provide up-to-the minute reports of where they were flying, thereby eliminating some of the thousands of bird strikes suffered by Air Force planes—some of them worth as much as five million dollars. The study of birds' migration; their detection of the Earth's magnetic fields; their use of thermals to save energy; and the physics of flying involved hundreds of people in 17 countries and a network of observation stations, radar, and aircraft. The information helped the Israeli Air Force to drastically lower the number of bird strikes, saving lives and aircraft. Leshem's fascinating life, his undaunted determination to spread awareness of birds and wildlife protection, and his amazing accomplishments are a clear indication that anything is possible. The book is heavily illustrated with good-quality color photos, maps, and diagrams, many of them captioned with incredible facts about wildlife and migration. This inspiring title on a most timely topic will appeal to those who are fascinated with wildlife, Earth science, and technology.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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