Award-winning author Deborah Cramer will give the back story about her own epic journey tracing the red knots’ great migration, the subject of her latest book, “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab and An Epic Journey,” in a talk on Thursday, May 18, at the Schoodic Institute. PHOTO BY SHAWN HENRY

Featured author traced shorebird’s mighty migration

WINTER HARBOR — Deborah Cramer, whose award-winning book, “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and An Epic Journey,” traces the migration of sandpipers, will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at the Schoodic Institute.

Cramer’s book details her journey as she accompanies small sandpipers on their migration from one end of the Earth to the other — from the windswept beaches along the Strait of Magellan at the southern tip of South America — to the icy Arctic where the birds nest.

Every year, red knots fly from one end of the Earth to the other and back. The shorebirds fuel up on horseshoe crab eggs to sustain them along the way flying from the Arctic Circle to South America’s Strait of Magellan and reversing the trip.

Her talk will address why she wrote the book and how she was able to follow the sandpipers to difficult and distant places.

Cramer, who is a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Environmental Solutions Initiative, will explain speak about the hundreds of people living in 23 countries and 40 states whose work drives the story. She will speak about her travels that took her to distant, difficult places from isolated tundra and bug-infested swamps to vast marshy tidal creeks lit by the moon.

“The Narrow Edge” received the 2016 Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists and the 2016 Best Book Award from the National Academies of Science.

Cramer, who lives with her family at the edge of a salt marsh in Gloucester, Mass., is the author of “Great Waters,” a natural history of the Atlantic, and “Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World,” the companion to the Ocean Hall at the U.S. National Museum of Natural History.

Among other awards for “Narrow Edge” were the National Academy of Sciences Keck Communications Award Best Book 2016; Southern Environmental Law Center Reed Award 2016 and Massachusetts Book Awards 2016 Must Read.

The program will be held in Moore Auditorium and is free and open to the public. The book will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact Sarah Brundage at 288-1339 or [email protected].

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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