A Wing and a Prayer: The Race to Save our Vanishing Birds

“A Wing and a Prayer: The Race to Save Our Vanishing Birds’’ is a tour of the dramatic rescue efforts across the hemisphere at a critical time for so many species. We spent most of two years, traveling 25,000 miles from Hawaii to Florida, Kansas to Ecuador for a close-up look at the bold, experimental, and sometimes risky tactics to protect some of the earth’s oldest inhabitants.

Where to pre-order:

The book, published by Simon & Schuster, is now available at bookstores, from Amazon here, from Barnes and Noble here, and from independent booksellers here. For a look at Simon & Schuster’s summary of the book, click here.

Anders and Beverly at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, N.C.

What they’re saying?

“Thanks so much for this book…It’s both heartbreaking and inspiring.” – Robin Young, host of National Public Radio’s Here and Now.

“In this five-star journey into our birding history, present and future, the authors make clear that ultimately, it’s up to us — you and me — to care and to act.” – Jim Williams, The Star Tribune.

“Passionate reportage from the world of birds and a cautionary tale for the future of Earth. ” — Kirkus Reviews

“A soaring achievement, beautiful and compelling.” – Susan Page, U.S.A. Today.

A list of appearances and interviews:

Beverly Gyllenhaal
At Books & Books in Miami.

Reviews, articles and podcasts:

Anders Gyllenhaal
  • Star Tribune: “In this five-star journey into our birding history, present and future, the authors make clear that ultimately, it’s up to us — you and me — to care and to act.”
  • Here and Now: An interview with National Public Radio’s Robin Young takes a rapid-fire tour of the best stories in the book. Here’s the transcript.
  • Miami Public Radio’s Sundial: “The book is a warning. Call it a canary in a coal mine. It’s also a guide to what we can do to help — we, as citizens, but also we as a country.” Here’s a transcript of the hour-long interview with host Carlos Frias.
  • Wisconsin Public Radio: “A fascinating book. I was fascinated by the different technologies that people are using to address problems with birds. ” Here’s the transcript of a conversation with host Larry Meiller.
  • The News & Observer: “The writing about bird science is clear and accessible, and the descriptions of some of the birding forays are so engaging they’ll have readers downloading that free Merlin app and making an account on ebird.org to tally the species they see with their own eyes.” Here’s a link to the deep, thorough back story of how the book came together. It also includes a compendium of the scores of rescue missions featured in the book.
  • Publishers Weekly: “Readers looking for signs of hope will find some in the eclectic measures described, which showcase the remarkable ingenuity of those working to save the birds—one couple, for instance, developed a device that identifies the species of birds in the area by analyzing birdsongs and sends the data to Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. Birders will be unsettled, and by the end, inspired.”
  • Revelator digital magazine: Three Billion Birds Lost: What will it take to halt the staggering declines.’‘ An interview with Tara Lohan, deputy editor of the Revelator.
  • The Bird Podcast: A discussion with Shoba Narayan, an India-based author whose work takes an international perspective on birds.
  • Kirkus Reviews: “Passionate reportage from the world of birds and a cautionary tale for the future of Earth. “
  • Booklist: “Written partially as a travelogue as the authors journeyed thousands of miles by road around the continent, the combination of personal story and scientific reportage is compelling.”
  • Living Bird Magazine: “The science can guide us; the magic resides in the conservation commitment of each of us.” — An article in the August edition of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s magazine in a piece by former top Interior Department deputy secretary Lynn Scarlett.
At Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.
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Here’s the scene at our house the day the first copies of our book arrived.
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OUR NEW BOOK: “A Wing and a Prayer”

Can We Save Our Vanishing Birds?

“In this five-star journey into our birding history, present and future, the authors make clear that ultimately, it’s up to us — you and me — to care and to act.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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