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by Prudence Carter,Susan Cerulean

  • ISBN: 0820328197
  • Category: Math & Science
  • Author: Prudence Carter,Susan Cerulean
  • Subcategory: Biological Sciences
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (March 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • FB2 size: 1981 kb
  • EPUB size: 1611 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
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The book, 'Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-tailed Kites', is a wonderful story of coming to awareness both . The author, Susan Cerulean, has a wonderful way with words - she is very imaginative in her descriptions.

The book, 'Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-tailed Kites', is a wonderful story of coming to awareness both of the natural world and its beauty as well as a personal journey of awakening to the world around us.

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This book is about observing and studying Swallow-tailed Kites. But it is more than that too. It describes the motivation to find something rare and magnificent and to learn its haunts and lifestyle, even if a lot of time, money and effort are involved.

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Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites Susan Cerulean. It took just one sighting of a swallow-tailed kite to dispatch Susan Cerulean on a pilgrimage through its fragmented and ever-shrinking habitats. In Tracking Desire, Cerulean immerses us in the natural history and biology of Elanoides forficatus. At the same time, she sifts through her past?as a child, student, biologist, parent, and activist?to muse on a lifelong absorption with nature.

Tracking Desire : A Journey after Swallow-Tailed Kites. eoeMy memory is etched with a clear image of how that bird swung into view and hung over me, suspended like an angel, so starkly black and white, with its wide-scissored split of a tail. e It took just one sighting of a swallow-tailed kite to dispatch Susan Cerulean on a pilgrimage through its fragmented and ever-shrinking habitats.

Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-Tailed Kites by Susan Cerulean. Author: Susan Cerulean. Publisher: University of Georgia Press (March 29, 2006). Publication: March 29, 2006. Kite art. They retired to their estates and gardened.

To me, says Susan Cerulean, kites are about surprise. But what they are really about-what her book is about-is beauty.

Susan Cerulean is a writer, naturalist, and activist based in Tallahassee . The Florida Book Awards honors the best work by Florida authors annually since 2006.

Susan Cerulean is a writer, naturalist, and activist based in Tallahassee, Florida. ing to Pass I am struck how much your writing is like poetry, not one word is unnecessary. Your writing is beautiful as well as a call to action, what a great combination.

Tracking Desire looks at the natural history and biology of Elanoides forficatus, the swallow-tailed kite. Once at home throughout much of the eastern United States, the swallow-tailed kite is now seldom seen.

“My memory is etched with a clear image of how that bird swung into view and hung over me, suspended like an angel, so starkly black and white, with its wide-scissored split of a tail.”

It took just one sighting of a swallow-tailed kite to dispatch Susan Cerulean on a pilgrimage through its fragmented and ever-shrinking habitats. In Tracking Desire, Cerulean immerses us in the natural history and biology of Elanoides forficatus. At the same time, she sifts through her past―as a child, student, biologist, parent, and activist―to muse on a lifelong absorption with nature.

Once at home throughout much of the eastern United States, the swallow-tailed kite is now seldom seen. With ornithologist Ken Meyer, and then on her own, Cerulean roams the kite’s much-reduced homelands, gaining knowledge about the bird and the grave threats to its breeding grounds and migration patterns. Her quest takes her to the muddy banks of the Mississippi, to an enormous and vulnerable roost on corporate ranchlands in southwest Florida, and to the remnant pinelands of Everglades National Park.

In seeking the bird, Cerulean comes to question her own place in our consumerist society. “My journeys after kites have led me to understand that the power of our longings is placing the integrity of life on our tender emerald planet so greatly at risk,” she writes. “What are the fractured places in our hearts and minds and spirits that have allowed us to stand by and watch, and even to participate in, the destruction of so much of life?”


Reviews about Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites (3):
Darkraven
The book, 'Tracking Desire: A Journey After Swallow-tailed Kites', is a wonderful story of coming to awareness both of the natural world and its beauty as well as a personal journey of awakening to the world around us.

The author, Susan Cerulean, has a wonderful way with words - she is very imaginative in her descriptions. For example, she describes the kites, the bird in primary focus here, as 'living origami' and 'exotic black-and-white blossoms', and describes their flight in mesmerizing language. She writes about her growing awareness of the habits and patterns of the swallow-tailed kites, a bird that was once far more prominent than it is today. This draws her into a community of bird-watchers and scientists who, in the midst of their lives otherwise, come together in slowly widening circles to follow the progress of the kites.

Cerulean also brings much of her own experience with life into the book. She describes her relationships with her husband, her son, and other birders, such as biologist Ken Meyer. She describes experiences growing up, going to college, and moving about, eventually ending up in Florida. One memorable scene involves her grandfather and his battle with the garden in Florida, and the grapefruit tree in particular. It shows the difference of perspectives, as Cerulean writes that once it was cut down (after a long period of battle with the branches), 'the only plant that had really interested me in his manicured lawn was gone.' This echoes the slow decline of habitat of the kites over the decades, and the way life itself can slowly ebb away in unexpectedly depressing ways.

This isn't a story about loss, however, but rather one of discovery, perhaps even revelation. The parallels that are drawn between the lives of the birds and the lives of the humans in Cerulean's story are very interesting; the divergences also prove to be fascinating. One such is the search for stories about the kites - such dramatic creatures warrant dramatic stories, but the search was initially fruitless. Eventually, by expanding her horizons, Cerulean would come to discover a remarkable collection of tales and mytho-poetic images involving the impressive kites.

This is a beautifully crafted narrative, flying gracefully from highlight to highlight, and engaging the readers to want to learn more about the kites and themselves.
Arashitilar
I was assigned to read this book for a class. Over the years I have read many books for classes and for presentations. This book, while inspired, takes a certain reader to appreciate. This book has a specific audience in mind. If you fall into that audience of bird watchers and naturalists, you will truly find a wonderful book. However, if you are only slightly interested in the natural wildlife of Florida, this book may keep you from opening another for a long time.
Nalme
Excellent. A fair amount of psychology and sociology.

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