Incredible Journeys
'Only a sailor could relate the navigational powers of both humans and animals with such appreciation, excitement, and precision. Thank you, David Barrie, for taking us along on these riveting voyages by sail and wing, hoof and flipper. We arrive surprised, delighted, and awed.' Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus 'Immensely entertaining... [Barrie] is an admirably reliable and assiduous guide to what we do and don't yet know.' Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times 'Barrie has a good eye for colourful detail.' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday 'This is a must-read for anyone fascinated with the wonders of nature.' Publishers Weekly In Incredible Journeys, award-winning author David Barrie takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge science of animal navigation, where breakthroughs are allowing scientists to unravel, for the first time, how animals as various as butterflies, birds, crustaceans, fish, reptiles and even people find their way.Weaving interviews with leading experts on animal behaviour with the groundbreaking discoveries of Nobel-Prize winning neuroscientists, Barrie shines a light on the astounding skills of animals of every stripe. Dung beetles that steer by the light of the Milky Way. Ants and bees that navigate using patterns of light invisible to humans. Sea turtles, spiny lobsters and moths that find their way using the Earth's magnetic field. Salmon that return to their birthplace by following their noses. Baleen whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rock-steady course and birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean. There's a stunning diversity of animal navigators out there, often using senses and skills we humans don't have access to ourselves. For the first time, Incredible Journeys reveals the wonders of these animals in a whole new light.

Incredible Journeys Details

TitleIncredible Journeys
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 4th, 2019
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
Rating
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Environment, Nature, Animals, Birds

Incredible Journeys Review

  • Mrs. Europaea
    January 1, 1970
    In his new release, Supernavigators, Barrie asks a tough question: How do animal and humans find their way around? To answer this, Barrie looks at different animal species such as butterflies, bees, fish, birds, ants, and beetles, and discusses in detail the complex ways each approach navigational challenges. Be it long-range migration, or a red ant's attack on a black ant hole a few yards away, observation and memory appear to be just as important in the animal world as it is to humans.The stru In his new release, Supernavigators, Barrie asks a tough question: How do animal and humans find their way around? To answer this, Barrie looks at different animal species such as butterflies, bees, fish, birds, ants, and beetles, and discusses in detail the complex ways each approach navigational challenges. Be it long-range migration, or a red ant's attack on a black ant hole a few yards away, observation and memory appear to be just as important in the animal world as it is to humans.The structure for Supernavigators is set up in non-map vs map-based navigation and Barrie addresses how humans changing relationship with the world due to rapid technological advancements is affecting our innate navigational skills. He states that "machine vision" is still in its infancy, and while GPS is a convenient tool, it still cannot compete with a human's mental map and visual memory that has evolved over thousands of years.As a parent of a "Navigator," I was not sure what to expect with this text, it is definitely a bit dry in places and not a book that I would encourage many families to use for read-aloud time, but there is very interesting information that can be highlighted and used in lessons for a variety of subjects and themes. A most noteworthy addition I would like to point out is that Barrie uses his conclusion to touch on the issue of the herbicide glyphosate and how it weakens navigational abilities in animals and wipes out entire populations of our most essential pollinators. Habitat loss and climate change are the current biggest threats to animals (and humans) and we have a responsibility to do what is right by them since we have created these problems. By taking the time to learn more about these animals and see how connected we all are to each other, we make the task of protecting our planet and all which thrives here an essential and immediate priority.
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  • Book Gannet
    January 1, 1970
    This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the methods and theories behind different ways of natural navigation. If you've ever wondered how racing pigeons find their way home - and doubt the magnetic field theory in favour of something more outlandish such as scent or sound - then this book is full of intriguing gems and is perfect for dipping in and out of. If you have a particular love for lepidoptera, then you'll be delighted to find not just monarch butterflies here, but painted ladies too This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the methods and theories behind different ways of natural navigation. If you've ever wondered how racing pigeons find their way home - and doubt the magnetic field theory in favour of something more outlandish such as scent or sound - then this book is full of intriguing gems and is perfect for dipping in and out of. If you have a particular love for lepidoptera, then you'll be delighted to find not just monarch butterflies here, but painted ladies too, along with silver 'Y' and bogong moths. The last of which I'd never heard of but was absolutely engrossed by as they travel over a thousand kilometres every spring, avoiding the heat of a Queensland summer by seeking mountain caves.Other more usual suspects also appear - dung beetles, sea turtles, various seabirds, bees, whales, salmons and ants - and of course humans. Some of the scientific methods seem awful to modern eyes, but the incredible ingenuity and persistence of the animals in question continuously shines through. Along with modern humans' general ineptitude. Nature finds a way, and if you find nature fascinating, then there should be plenty for you to enjoy here.(ARC provided by the publisher via Amazon Vine.)
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  • Anna Honkanen
    January 1, 1970
    David Barrie's Incredible Journeys is a comprehensive review of animal navigation from insects to sea turtles, birds, and humans. It takes you out to the field with biologists studying the amazing abilities of animals, and you get to feel both the frustration and exhilaration that goes with experimental work. It is packed full of knowledge and has a very topical point of view on conservation of ecosystems and the myriads of different navigators in them. Even if you are working with animal naviga David Barrie's Incredible Journeys is a comprehensive review of animal navigation from insects to sea turtles, birds, and humans. It takes you out to the field with biologists studying the amazing abilities of animals, and you get to feel both the frustration and exhilaration that goes with experimental work. It is packed full of knowledge and has a very topical point of view on conservation of ecosystems and the myriads of different navigators in them. Even if you are working with animal navigation, you will find a wealth of new information and lovely anecdotes in this book! I recommend Incredible Journeys to everyone who relies on GPS for wayfinding!
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  • Foggygirl
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating read about how animals are able to find their way utilizing a variety of means. Whether by smelling their way home, reading the magnetic field of the earth, reading visual landmarks or hearing their way.
  • Vireya
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting book about the mysteries of animal navigation, but also a rather disturbing look at a lot of research that harms animals to try and figure out how they work.
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley & publisher in exchange for an honest review. (They may regret this.) Any and all quotes were taken from an advanced edition subject to change in the final edition.
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