Science Sleuths and Their Feathered Friends
by Kristine Rivers, Carla J. Dove
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Pub Date 01 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022
Capstone, Capstone Press
Birds and planes don’t always get along. What can we do to help? Enter the world of forensic ornithology in this investigative nonfiction title created with the Smithsonian Institution and the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History. Discover the fascinating work of leading ornithologists—"bird detectives” who use science and technology to solve bird strikes and other bird mysteries. They examine evidence from clues like feathers and snarge—pilot slang for what’s left behind after a bird strike—and create solutions to save our feathered friends and protect people and planes in flight. Discover how the study of birds shapes our world, from inspiring aviation and airfield design to increasing safety in the skies. Full of photos, case studies, fun facts, and interactive elements, this STEM exploration reveals a fascinating field of science to kids.
Interest level: Grades 3-5 Reading level: Grades 3-5
About the Author
Kristine Rivers spent her childhood in a small Texas town enjoying nature and learning about birds and wildlife. As an adult, she loves sharing her passion with people of all ages, encouraging them to slow down and have fun as they observe the world around them. In 2015 she founded Birding for Fun, offering guided tours, workshops, and family-friendly events embracing her philosophy that birding should be accessible to everyone. She is a proud Texas Master Naturalist and served as president of her local chapter from 2017 to 2019. She lives with her husband and several cats in that same small Texas town, creating driftwood art when she’s not out exploring. You can find her at BirdingForFun.com.