Andrew Darby. Pegasus Books, New York, New York. 2021: 324 pages. Four maps, no illustrations. ISBN 978-1-64313-576-2. $27.95 (hardback).

The objectives of this well-written book are to explain the biology and stopover ecology of various shorebird species during their long migrations, to highlight the essential importance of the East Asian/Australasian Flyway (EAAF), and to describe the complex conservation issues now in play in an attempt to preserve rapidly declining shorebird species and their essential stopover habitats. Each of these goals is admirably achieved in this well-crafted book. The author is Australian (residing in Tasmania), not a professional ornithologist, but rather a reporter on environmental issues for the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. His previous book, Harpoon, dealt with whaling. The book is directed toward general readers and intersperses biological information about shorebird migration taken from interviews with field biologists engaged in researching the various species. The book is sufficiently thorough...

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