Birds vs. Blades?

Offshore Wind Power and the Race to Protect Seabirds

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

It’s a chilly winter evening. A northern gannet lets out a loud graaak. Swiftly and carefully, a scientist scoops the bird off the surface of the water into a net so that a team of experts can implant a high-tech tag. Scientists will track this seabird—and many others—to learn its movement patterns over the following years.

Find out how scientists are working to ensure clean, renewable offshore wind power won’t spell disaster for the millions of seabirds that play a critical role in the ocean food web.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Life Science/Animals
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 7.5
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF003030, JNF003220, JNF037020
Dewey 578.77
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 960
ATOS Reading Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 184099
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Reviewed, and Table of contents


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2017



“This handsome book offers a well-researched and enlightening discussion of a topic seldom mentioned in children’s books.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Tightly written text and rich photography make this a must-read for those interested in environmental science and clean energy. Use this in classrooms to get debates on clean energy started.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“There’s lots of information here, but there’s also lively action, a sense of immediacy. . . . Practical, topical science in the field for middle-grade and middle school readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch

Rebecca E. Hirsch is an award- winning children's author with a PhD in plant biology. Her picture books include Plants Can't Sit Still and Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at