Incredible Journeys: Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation

Incredible Journeys: Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation

'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 adm...

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Title:Incredible Journeys: Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation
Author:David Barrie
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Incredible Journeys: Exploring the Wonders of Animal Navigation Reviews

  • Anna  Honkanen

    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!

  • Mrs. Europaea

    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.

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    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.

  • Book Gannet

    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.)

  • Foggygirl

    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.

  • Alison

    There are few non-human animal mental feats harder for us to comprehend than navigation. And so, there are few better ways to contemplate how little we know of how other species experience the world than through reading about navigational feats of pigeons, dung beetles and salmon. Barrie brings plenty of wonder to this broad survey of animal navigation.

    This is one of three books dealing with navigation released in as many months - with the others being

    There are few non-human animal mental feats harder for us to comprehend than navigation. And so, there are few better ways to contemplate how little we know of how other species experience the world than through reading about navigational feats of pigeons, dung beetles and salmon. Barrie brings plenty of wonder to this broad survey of animal navigation.

    This is one of three books dealing with navigation released in as many months - with the others being

    and

    . Between them they paint a picture of the complexity, and diversity, of ways that we purposefully move through the world.

    Incredible journeys is not focused on humans, but instead examines the range of different methods used to measure position and correct. It highlights the paucity of equipment we have in comparison to others, particularly birds and fish. Magnetic sensitivity, the capacity to perceive polarised light (and from it calculate the angle of the sun to the earth), acute sense of smell and prodigious location memory abound in nature, and Barrie explains every one.

    At times, this breadth comes at the cost of depth and context - Barrie's comments on Australia display a reliance on stereotype over accuracy at times, for example, and I assume this is true of other areas - but as a survey of existing understanding, it is well worth reading.

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