|Call of the osprey (Scientists in the field (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt))|
Author: Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw
A stunning addition to the Scientists in the Field series that explores mercury pollution found in the rivers and streams of Western Montana that might cause harm to humans--and the extinction of the entire osprey species.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.60
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 174118
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Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 11.50
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 66133
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Kirkus Reviews (04/15/15)
School Library Journal (07/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/15)
The Hornbook (00/07/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2015 From the Scientists in the Field series, this handsome volume introduces the Montana Osprey Project, beginning with an empty nest. Awaiting the annual return of the ospreys, it sits on a platform atop a tall pole. Nearby, Patent and Muñoz watch as a roofing truck lifts two scientists up to adjust a webcam aimed at the nest. Well researched and clearly written, the text offers plenty of information about ospreys in the area and the work of the scientists who study them. They band the chicks, take blood and feather samples, and track pollutants in the local environment, where heavy metals can sometimes be traced to runoff from old mines. Sidebars tackle topics such as Superfund sites, DDT, and the hazards of plastic baling twine in osprey nests. One engaging, diarylike feature pairs written observations with photos of the adult birds, their eggs, and the chicks as they grow and prepare to fly. Illustrated with many fine color photos, this is a solid addition to science collections. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 Gr 5–8—Patent's lucid prose and Muñoz's clear color photos work together to document the efforts of the Montana Osprey Project, which studies the negative effects of toxic metals released into the environment during mining operations on these raptors. The book follows three scientists—Erick Greene, Heiko Langner, and Rob Domenech—as they study established pairs during the nesting season. They band osprey chicks, take blood samples and feather clippings for chemical analysis, fit birds with electronic transmitters to follow their wanderings, scoop silt from riverbeds to check for pollutants, and focus two webcams on osprey nests to check on parenting skills and chick development. The trio also talk with wildlife biology students and cooperate with locals who are fascinated by ospreys. Sidebars abound on a wide variety of topics, many pertaining to the ospreys: their biology, food, nesting behaviors, and migration patterns. Others include biographical background on the three scientists, an article on a young student and her experiments on fish in metal-contaminated waters, and information about the use of mercury in mining operations and the dangers that baling twine poses to nest building ospreys. An extensive author's note describes Patent's experience with some very far-flung pollution. VERDICT An exciting addition to a stellar series.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2015 To help determine the health of a river, study the birds that nest on its banks. At the largest Superfund cleanup site along the Clark Fork River in Montana, the Montana Osprey Project monitors the raptors that, at the top of their food chain, feed on fish they catch in the river-fish that eat the bottom feeders which, in turn, are likely to have been contaminated by heavy metals from mining runoff dating back to the nineteenth century. These toxins accumulate on the way up the food chain, and therefore the concentration found in the osprey is a good indicator of the state of the river and the efficacy of the cleanup. Patent joins the scientists who safeguard the osprey nests (the bird frequently nest near electrical wires), install webcams used for scientific study and community engagement, and, most importantly, briefly capture the birds to gauge their health and to equip them with GPS locators to track their migration patterns. There are many threads to this particular story in the Scientists in the Field series, and Patent and the book’s designer do their best to keep the narrative rolling, while sidebars expand upon issues from bird migration to mining, DDT to Superfund sites. Readers who prefer to shortcut straight to the birds themselves will be particularly pleased not only with the myriad photographs but also with inserts on the nesting pairs (Stanley and Iris, and Ozzie and Harriet), tracked by the webcam as they mated and raised their chicks. Resources for information on ospreys, western mining, river cleanup, bird webcams, and advocacy organizations; a glossary; and an index are included. EB - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.