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

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"Deborah Cramer provides a unique, first-hand account of a little known and even less appreciated bird. Her adventures with researchers easily take the reader into the world of science and its complex and evolving findings."-John Marzluff, co-author of Gifts of the Crow and author of Welcome to Subirdia -- John Marzluff "Deborah Cramer has crafted a remarkable tale of science, nature, and humanity. She takes us on a sweeping adventure as she paints the portrait of an unimaginably hardy yet threatened bird."-Susan Solomon, author of The Coldest March -- Susan Solomon "Deborah Cramer has written a lovely, intrepid book about a lovely, intrepid, and increasingly threatened bird. The Narrow Edge is at once an intimate portrait of the small red knot and a much larger exploration of our wondrous, imperiled world."-Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction -- Elizabeth Kolbert "The Narrow Edge is at once an intimate portrait of the small red knot and a much larger exploration of our wondrous, imperiled world."-Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction -- Elizabeth Kolbert "In the face of global warming, is our big brain connected to a big enough heart that we might do something to preserve the beauty of the earth? Heart is no problem for the red knot-20,000 miles on the wing demonstrates that. The finely told story of this bird will, hopefully, help summon greater affection for our home planet."-Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth -- Bill McKibben "Two great cycles intersect every May in Delaware Bay: the epic journey-just shy of global circumnavigation-of red knots and the primordial migration of horseshoe crabs, whose eggs provide critical fuel for shorebirds. They intersect on the narrow edge of the bay, but Deborah Cramer provides a superbly written and gripping account of the full journey. Perilous under any conditions and fraught with additional danger from human impacts, this account is more thrilling than the Kentucky Derby. This book is for anyone who loves adventure: an interwoven tale of humanity and nature in which nature never fails to surprise and delight."-Thomas E. Lovejoy, University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, and National Geographic Conservation Fellow -- Thomas E. Lovejoy "This book is for anyone who loves adventure: an interwoven tale of humanity and nature in which nature never fails to surprise and delight."-Thomas E. Lovejoy, University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, and National Geographic Conservation Fellow -- Thomas E. Lovejoy "A plaintive cry from deep within, an elegy to epic lives lived at full burn, and a warning of the great unraveling that humans are inflicting on this planet's co-voyagers. A book so multidimensional, yet somehow so admirably succinct, I wish I'd written it-but it's written as only Deborah Cramer could. Thank goodness for that."-Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel -- Carl Safina "Cramer's pole-to-pole pursuit of an elusive and threatened bird provides the vehicle for her eloquent exploration of our relationship to nature. The message is both sobering and inspirational."-Nancy Knowlton, author of Citizens of the Sea -- Nancy Knowlton "Perhaps the fate of the red knot should replace the canary in the mine as the harbinger of impending changes that are good neither for birds or people. The Narrow Edge is a well-written and meticulously researched case study that should be essential reading to anyone interested in conservation."-Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky -- Joel Greenberg "Perhaps the red knot should replace the canary in the mine as the harbinger of impending changes that are good neither for birds or people ... essential reading for anyone interested in conservation."-Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky -- Joel Greenberg "The long journey of a tiny bird is powered by the energy-rich eggs of horseshoe crabs, ancient creatures of sea and coast whose blood plays a critical but little-known role protecting human health. Cramer brilliantly presents us with an ecosystem of many parts."-Donald Kennedy, President Emeritus, Stanford University -- Donald Kennedy

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Thousands of ravenous tiny shorebirds race along the water's edge of Delaware Bay, feasting on pin-sized horseshoe-crab eggs. Fueled by millions of eggs, the migrating red knots fly on. When they arrive at last in their arctic breeding grounds, they will have completed a near-miraculous 9,000-mile journey that began in Tierra del Fuego. Deborah Cramer followed these knots, whose numbers have declined by 75 percent, on their extraordinary odyssey from one end of the earth to the other-from an isolated beach at the tip of South America all the way to the icy tundra. In her firsthand account, she explores how diminishing a single stopover can compromise the birds' entire journey, and how the loss of horseshoe crabs-ancient animals that come ashore but once a year-threatens not only the survival of red knots but also human well-being: the unparalleled ability of horseshoe-crab blood to detect harmful bacteria in vaccines, medical devices, and intravenous drugs safeguards human health. Cramer offers unique insight into how, on an increasingly fragile and congested shore, the lives of red knots, horseshoe crabs, and humans are intertwined. She eloquently portrays the tenacity of small birds and the courage of many people who, bird by bird and beach by beach, keep red knots flying.

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