One Wild Bird at a Time

One Wild Bird at a Time
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Pages: 224
ISBN: 0544387635
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Release: 2016-04-12
Editor: Houghton Mifflin
Language: en

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Theacclaimed scientist/writer'scaptivating encounters withindividual wild birds, yielding marvelous, mind-altering insights and discoveries"

One Wild Bird at a Time

One Wild Bird at a Time
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Pages: 235
ISBN: 9780544386402
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Release: 2016-04-12
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

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Unique encounters with wild birds from the acclaimed scientist and “a dedicated watcher happy to knock down the fourth wall of zoology” (The Wall Street Journal). In his modern classics One Man’s Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has written memorably about his relationships with wild ravens and a great horned owl. In One Wild Bird at a Time, Heinrich returns to his great love: close, day-to-day observations of individual wild birds. There are countless books on bird behavior, but Heinrich argues that some of the most amazing bird behaviors fall below the radar of what most birds do in aggregate. Heinrich’s “passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and science” lead to fascinating questions—and sometimes startling discoveries (The New York Times Book Review). A great crested flycatcher, while bringing food to the young in their nest, is attacked by the other flycatcher nearby. Why? A pair of Northern flickers hammering their nest-hole into the side of Heinrich’s cabin deliver the opportunity to observe the feeding competition between siblings, and to make a related discovery about nest-cleaning. One of a clutch of redstart warbler babies fledges out of the nest from twenty feet above the ground, and lands on the grass below. It can’t fly. What will happen next? Heinrich “looks closely, with his trademark ‘hands-and-knees science’ at its most engaging, [delivering] what can only be called psychological marvels of knowing” (The Boston Globe). “An engaging memoir of the opportunities for doing scientific research without leaving one’s own backyard.”—Kirkus Reviews

White Feathers

White Feathers
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781328603517
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Release: 2020-02-18
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

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The surprising, rich life of tree swallows in nesting season—with Heinrich’s beautiful illustrations and photographs—by the acclaimed naturalist. Heinrich is sparked one early spring day by a question: Why does a pair of swallows in a nest-box close to his Maine cabin show an unvarying preference for white feathers—not easily available nearby—as nest lining? He notices, too, the extreme aggressiveness of “his” swallows toward some other swallows of their own kind. And he wonders, given swallows’ reputation for feistiness, at the extraordinary tameness and close contact he experiences with his nesting birds. From the author of the beloved books Ravens in Winter and A Naturalist at Large, this richly engaging view of the lives of wild birds, as always with Heinrich, yields “marvelous, mind-altering” insight and discoveries. —Los Angeles Times

A Naturalist at Large

A Naturalist at Large
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780544986879
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Release: 2018-05-08
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

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Some of the world’s greatest writings on birds, insects, trees, elephants, and more by a scientist who “richly deserves the comparison to Thoreau” (The Washington Post Book World). From one of the finest scientist/writers of our time comes an engaging record of a life spent in close observation of the natural world, one that has yielded “marvelous, mind-altering” (Los Angeles Times) insight and discoveries. In essays that span several decades, Heinrich finds himself at home in Maine, where he plays host to visitors from Europe (the cluster flies) and more welcome guests from Asia (ladybugs); and as far away as Botswana, where he unravels the far-reaching ecological consequences of elephants’ bruising treatment of mopane trees. The many fascinating discoveries in Naturalist at Large include the maple sap harvesting habits of red squirrels, and the “instant” flower-opening in the yellow iris as a way of ensuring potent pollination. Heinrich turns to his great love, the ravens, some of them close companions for years, as he designs a unique experiment to tease out the fascinating parameters of raven intelligence. Finally, he asks “Where does a biologist find hope?” while delivering an answer that informs and inspires. Praise for Bernd Heinrich “One of the finest naturalists of our time.”—Edward O. Wilson “[Heinrich’s] ability to linger and simply be there for the moment when, for instance, an elderly spider descends from a silken strand to take the insect he offers her is the heart of his appeal.”—The Wall Street Journal “Passionate observations [that] superbly mix memoir and science.”—The New York Times Book Review

Life Everlasting

Life Everlasting
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Pages: 238
ISBN: 9780544002265
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Release: 2013
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

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Describes the animal world's treatment of death, from animal burial and prey disposal behaviors to the important role of humans as scavengers.

Wild Bird

Wild Bird
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781101940471
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Release: 2019-01-22
Editor: Ember
Language: en

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When her behavior escalates out of control, fourteen-year-old Wren is taken away to a wilderness therapy camp where she is forced to develop new skills, including the courage to ask for help.

Wild Bird

Wild Bird
Author: Leanne Baugh
Pages: 336
ISBN: 0889956367
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Release: 2021-04-21
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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In the opening pages of this historical novel, sixteen-year-old Kate Harding is desperately trying to assist her mother who is about to give premature birth to a child in their home in the small colonial community of Victoria in 1861.The experience is gruelling for mother and daughter, and in the end, though a local midwife gets there in time to assist, the baby does not live more than a few hours. It's ironic because Kate's father is one of only a few doctors in the colony, but was out tending patients while his wife was going through this tragic ordeal. Though Wild Bird is set 160 years ago, it has a lot to say to the readers of today. First of all, in its spotlight on a young girl's yearning to involve herself in meaningful work in a society that thinks women are little more than decoration, and household managers. Secondly, in the description of the way in which Indigenous people relate to the recently arrived settlers who are quick to turn on them when it suits. Finally, the story includes some historical figures who made a significant impact on the early history of Canada, portrayed in dynamic ways.

A Most Remarkable Creature

A Most Remarkable Creature
Author: Jonathan Meiburg
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781101875704
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Release: 2021
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

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"In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were 'tame and inquisitive, quarrelsome and passionate,' and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it. Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg ... takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they're very rare"--Publisher marketin

What the Robin Knows

What the Robin Knows
Author: Jon Young
Pages: 241
ISBN: 9780547451251
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Release: 2012
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Language: en

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Shares strategies for expanding one's awareness of bird communication and maintaining a non-threatening presence in natural environments, explaining the sounds and behaviors that reflect various bird warnings, feelings and messages. 35,000 first printing.

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder

Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder
Author: Julia Zarankin
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781771622493
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Release: 2020-09-12
Editor: Douglas & McIntyre
Language: en

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When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour. What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Not only would she come to identify proudly as a birder, but birding would ultimately lead her to find love, uncover a new language and lay down her roots. Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder tells the story of finding meaning in midlife through birds. The book follows the peregrinations of a narrator who learns more from birds than she ever anticipated, as she begins to realize that she herself is a migratory species: born in the former Soviet Union, growing up in Vancouver and Toronto, studying and working in the United States and living in Paris. Coming from a Russian immigrant family of concert pianists who believed that the outdoors were for “other people,” Julia Zarankin recounts the challenges and joys of unexpectedly discovering one’s wild side and finding one’s tribe in the unlikeliest of places. Zarankin’s thoughtful and witty anecdotes illuminate the joyful experience of a new discovery and the surprising pleasure to be found while standing still on the edge of a lake at six a.m. In addition to confirmed nature enthusiasts, this book will appeal to readers of literary memoir, offering keen insight on what it takes to find one’s place in the world.

One Man s Owl

One Man s Owl
Author: Bernd Heinrich,Alice Calaprice
Pages: 186
ISBN: 0691000654
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Release: 1993
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

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This engaging chronicle of how the author and the great horned owl "Bubo" came to know one another over three summers spent in the Maine woods--and of how Bubo eventually grew into an independent hunter--is now available in an edition that has been abridged and revised so as to be more accessible to the general reader.

One Wild Christmas

One Wild Christmas
Author: Nicholas Oldland
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781525302039
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Release: 2019-09-03
Editor: Kids Can Press Ltd
Language: en

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The lovable trio is back — just in time for Christmas! The bear, the moose and the beaver have forgotten the most important Christmas decoration of all — the tree! Rushing through the snowy forest, they reject one tree after another, until the friends finally spot the perfect one. But just as the beaver is about to chop it down, the bear stops him. He can’t allow it to be harmed; it is much too beautiful! But his friends disagree. They need this tree! Is there a way to have a perfect Christmas — without chopping down the perfect tree? Life in the wild can be a bit … unexpected! Just the way kids love it!

Birds of the Pacific Northwest

Birds of the Pacific Northwest
Author: John Shewey,Tim Blount
Pages: 560
ISBN: 9781604696653
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Release: 2017-03-01
Editor: Timber Press
Language: en

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Birding in the Pacific Northwest has never been easier! Birds of the Pacific Northwest describes and illustrates more than 400 bird species commonly encountered in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia. This comprehensive, full-color guide is organized to follow the order in which groups and species are presented by the American Union. Range maps for each species provide valuable information for identification.

A World on the Wing The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

A World on the Wing  The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780393608915
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Release: 2021-03-30
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

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An exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration. In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans, fly above the highest mountains, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch has exploded. What we’ve learned of these key migrations—how billions of birds circumnavigate the globe, flying tens of thousands of miles between hemispheres on an annual basis—is nothing short of extraordinary. Bird migration entails almost unfathomable endurance, like a sparrow-sized sandpiper that will fly nonstop from Canada to Venezuela—the equivalent of running 126 consecutive marathons without food, water, or rest—avoiding dehydration by "drinking" moisture from its own muscles and organs, while orienting itself using the earth’s magnetic field through a form of quantum entanglement that made Einstein queasy. Crossing the Pacific Ocean in nine days of nonstop flight, as some birds do, leaves little time for sleep, but migrants can put half their brains to sleep for a few seconds at a time, alternating sides—and their reaction time actually improves. These and other revelations convey both the wonder of bird migration and its global sweep, from the mudflats of the Yellow Sea in China to the remote mountains of northeastern India to the dusty hills of southern Cyprus. This breathtaking work of nature writing from Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul also introduces readers to those scientists, researchers, and bird lovers trying to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other environmental challenges. Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork, in A World on the Wing Weidensaul unveils with dazzling prose the miracle of nature taking place over our heads.

I Love Birds

I Love Birds
Author: Jennifer Ward
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780834842168
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Release: 2019-03-12
Editor: Shambhala Publications
Language: en

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Prowl for owls by ear, discover the science of feathers, and become familiar with the birds in your neighborhood and beyond—52 activities for kids ages 4 to 8 Calling all birders! It’s time to share the joy of birds with the kids in your life. I Love Birds! is chock-full of activities, information, and rich resources that will fuel discovery and inspire families. Through sensory, hands-on, and creative explorations that involve birding basics and the hows and whys of bird behavior, the activities here will engage children’s imagination and sense of wonder as they observe birds in the wild, become citizen scientists, and forge a deeper understanding, appreciation, and stewardship toward nature, our planet, and all things feathery.

Chickadee Criminal Mastermind

Chickadee  Criminal Mastermind
Author: Monica Silvie
Pages: 36
ISBN: 9781525303388
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Release: 2022-06-07
Editor: Kids Can Press Ltd
Language: en

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A cheeky chickadee discovers he’s not quite who he thinks he is. Meet Chickadee. Criminal. Rapscallion. All-around bad seed. Sure, he started out obeying the rules, following his parents’ advice to not go near houses. But then, winter arrives. And it’s so much harder to find food! So when he spies a “vault” of “gold” near a house, Chickadee devises a plan to snatch some without getting caught! He’s the King of Thieves! Only, hmm, the humans seem to want him to visit the vault. Maybe Chickadee’s not a criminal after all? Kids will fall in love with this endearing masked “bandit,” as he slowly figures out what they knew about him all along!

Critical Terms for Animal Studies

Critical Terms for Animal Studies
Author: Lori Gruen
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780226355566
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Release: 2018-10-23
Editor: University of Chicago Press
Language: en

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Animal Studies is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field devoted to examining, understanding, and critically evaluating the complex relationships between humans and other animals. Scholarship in Animal Studies draws on a variety of methodologies to explore these multi-faceted relationships in order to help us understand the ways in which other animals figure in our lives and we in theirs. Bringing together the work of a group of internationally distinguished scholars, the contribution in Critical Terms for Animal Studies offers distinct voices and diverse perspectives, exploring significant concepts and asking important questions. How do we take non-human animals seriously, not simply as metaphors for human endeavors, but as subjects themselves? What do we mean by anthropocentrism, captivity, empathy, sanctuary, and vulnerability, and what work do these and other critical terms do in Animal Studies? Sure to become an indispensable reference for the field, Critical Terms for Animal Studies not only provides a framework for thinking about animals as subjects of their own experiences, but also serves as a touchstone to help us think differently about our conceptions of what it means to be human, and the impact human activities have on the more than human world.

Where Song Began

Where Song Began
Author: Tim Low
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9780300226805
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Release: 2016-09-27
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

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An authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia’s distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution Renowned for its gallery of unusual mammals, Australia is also a land of extraordinary birds. But unlike the mammals, the birds of Australia flew beyond the continent’s boundaries and around the globe many millions of years ago. This eye-opening book tells the dynamic but little-known story of how Australia provided the world with songbirds and parrots, among other bird groups, why Australian birds wield surprising ecological power, how Australia became a major evolutionary center, and why scientific biases have hindered recognition of these discoveries. From violent, swooping magpies to tool-making cockatoos, Australia’s birds are strikingly different from birds of other lands—often more intelligent and aggressive, often larger and longer-lived. Tim Low, a renowned biologist with a rare storytelling gift, here presents the amazing evolutionary history of Australia’s birds. The story of the birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of the continent itself and also the people who inhabit it.

The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds
Author: Jennifer Ackerman
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781101980842
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Release: 2016-04-12
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

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“Lovely, celebratory. For all the belittling of ‘bird brains,’ [Ackerman] shows them to be uniquely impressive machines . . .” —New York Times Book Review “A lyrical testimony to the wonders of avian intelligence.” —Scientific American An award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures. Ackerman is also the author of Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast.

Bird Conservation

Bird Conservation
Author: David R. Williams,Robert G. Pople,David A. Showler,Lynn V. Dicks,Matthew F. Child,Erasmus K.H.J. zu Ermgassen,William J. Sutherland
Pages: 575
ISBN: 9781907807213
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Release: 2013-03-01
Editor: Pelagic Publishing
Language: en

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This book brings together scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of wild birds. The authors worked with an international group of bird experts and conservationists to develop a global list of interventions that could benefit wild birds. For each intervention, the book summarises studies captured by the Conservation Evidence project, where that intervention has been tested and its effects on birds quantified. The result is a thorough guide to what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of bird conservation actions throughout the world. The preparation of this synopsis was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and Arcadia.