Their Fate Is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to Our Health and Our World

Their Fate Is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to Our Health and Our World

Title:Their Fate Is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to Our Health and Our World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781615190911
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:240 pages

At the heart of this book by Nobel Prize–winning immunologist and professor Peter Doherty is this striking observation: Birds detect danger to our health and the environment before we do. Following a diverse cast of bird species around the world—from tufted puffins in Puget Sound to griffon vultures in India, pigeons in East Asia, and wedge-tailed shearwaters off the islands of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—Doherty illuminates birds’ role as an early warning system for threats to the health of our planet and our own well-being.

Their Fate Is Our Fate is an impassioned call not only to attention but to action. As “citizen scientists” we can collect data, vital to cutting-edge research, that depends on the birds that are all around us. Armed with our observations, scientists will continue to uncover new ways to glimpse our future in birds—and to affirm how, truly, their fate is our fate.


    Their Fate Is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to Our Health and Our World Reviews

  • Gina

    "Their Fate is Our Fate" is written by an accomplished and well-versed Australian immunologist about how birds, in many different ways, act as sentinels to our planet's--and ultimately our own--health...

  • Carol Smith

    Disclosure: Won an advance copy on GoodReads First Reads.Given that I won a free copy, I really wanted to like this. I'm an "add a star if it's about birds" gal. The author, a Nobel Prize-winning immu...

  • Sandy Lender

    I expected Dr. Peter Doherty to give more examples of times when birds foretold threats to human health and the world around us. The concept is already one any individual using common sense or basic r...

  • Sarah-Hope

    Doherty’s book is written for popular audiences (at least those patient enough to wade through a number of technical passages) and he’s open about his purpose from the start: he wants his readers ...

  • Eric Wurm

    This book is not for your average bird lover or birdwatcher. It is for those who want to learn how birds can tell us our ecological fate. The first and largest portion details how birds act as "sentin...

  • Jim Pfluecke

    A very interesting book about birds and their relationships with humans regarding disease and, to a lesser extent, habitat. The strength of this book is explaining how diseases in birds transfer to hu...

  • James

    A very interesting book about birds and their relationships with humans regarding disease and, to a lesser extent, habitat. The strength of this book is explaining how diseases in birds transfer to hu...

  • Ryan Donohue

    This is a really fascinating book documenting the roles humans and birds play in the fate of one another. The book brings a whole new perspective to many of the buzzwords we hear over and over again, ...

  • Madonna

    "Their Fate is Our Fate" is written by Peter Doherty, who explains why we need to pay attention to what is going on with the health of our bird friends and understand their migration patterns, in orde...

  • Steve

    I received this book as part of the First Reads program, and it is an uncorrected proof.The majority of this book is a discussion of the relationship between bird diseases and human diseases (e.g. flu...