Bald Coot and Screaming Loon

Adventures in the Curious, Mysterious and Remarkable World of Birds

Author: Niall Edworthy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101185678

Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 8022


From the author of The Curious Gardener's Almanac, a fascinating miscellany that explores the mysterious world of birds. Comprising more than 1,000 entries of remarkable information about birds, bird life, and bird-watching, Bald Coot and Screaming Loon reveals the intriguing evolution and behavior patterns of these avian creatures. Woven into this wealth of knowledge are quotations, anecdotes, traditional sayings, lines of verse, practical advice for attracting and spotting birds, and words of rural wisdom, covering such topics as: ?How birds came to be ?Courtship and breeding ?Why birds sing and call ?Avian anatomy ?Birds and man ?How and why birds fly ?The mystery of migration ?Bird Brains: Instinct or intelligence? ?How birds cope in a damaged world

The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook

Author: Niall Edworthy

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473543991

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 5039


You don't have to be a dedicated birdwatcher to be a bird lover. Millions of us love the sight and sound of them. And yet most of us know very little about their remarkable behaviour, incredible diversity and the story of their evolution. How do migrating birds know where to go? Are birds really descended from dinosaurs? How do birds have sex? This handbook sets about answering every interesting question there is to ask about birds. There are over 10,000 species in the world, including over 500 in Britain, some rare and endangered, some bizarre and beautiful, others common and familiar. As this captivating and often humorous handbook reveals, all of them are fascinating. The hardback edition titled "Bald Coot and Screaming Loon" was published in 2009. This paperback edition has been updated and includes a new foreword from the author.

Florida's Living Beaches

A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber

Author: Blair Witherington

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1561649880

Category: Nature

Page: 400

View: 2662


A newly updated edition of the comprehensive bestselling guide to all things found on Florida's 700 miles of sandy beaches. Over 1400 identified beach features, animals, shells, plants, minerals, and manmade objects, with over 1300 full-color images and over 500 maps and 400 pages.

Birding for the Curious

The Easiest Way for Anyone to Explore the Incredible World of Birds

Author: Nate Swick

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

ISBN: 1624141277

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 1360


This book isn't just for birders. It's also for the huge audience of people who hike, maybe have bird feeders, and generally enjoy nature. With this book, the naturalist will discover an incredible and rewarding new adventure in the beautiful world of birds. The book is packed with easy and fun activities and information about birds, how to find them and their part in the nature around us. The information in this book will not only help you identify and learn more about birds, but you'll have a blast doing it. Nate Swick, member of the American Birding Association, has compiled chapters upon chapters of interesting, unique and informative birding knowledge, followed by activities that use the skills you learned. So not only will you learn things like what kind of birds you're looking at around the neighborhood, how to decipher different bird calls, and how to bring the birds to your backyard, but you'll complete fun activities like creating a list of the most popular birds in your area, creating a sound map of bird calls, and making a feeder for your backyard.

The Curious Gardener's Almanac

Centuries of Practical Garden Wisdom

Author: Niall Edworthy

Publisher: Perigee Books

ISBN: 9780399533778

Category: Gardening

Page: 192

View: 5142


Offers trivia, lore, customs, and wisdom about gardening, covering all aspects of horticulture, from recipes and tips on growing to seasonal changes and equipment.

Flock Together

A Love Affair with Extinct Birds

Author: B.J. Hollars

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803296428

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 2253


After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct North American birds. How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we’ve failed to preserve in life? And so begins his yearlong journey to find out, one that leads him from bogs to art museums, from archives to Christmas Counts, until he at last comes as close to extinct birds as he ever will during a behind-the-scenes visit at the Chicago Field Museum. Heartbroken by the birds we’ve lost, Hollars takes refuge in those that remain. Armed with binoculars, a field guide, and knowledgeable friends, he begins his transition from budding birder to environmentally conscious citizen, a first step on a longer journey toward understanding the true tragedy of a bird’s song silenced forever. Told with charm and wit, Flock Together is a remarkable memoir that shows how “knowing” the natural world—even just a small part—illuminates what it means to be a global citizen and how only by embracing our ecological responsibilities do we ever become fully human. A moving elegy to birds we’ve lost, Hollars’s exploration of what we can learn from extinct species will resonate in the minds of readers long beyond the final page.

Manual of Ornithology

Avian Structure & Function

Author: Noble S. Proctor,Patrick J. Lynch

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300076196

Category: Nature

Page: 340

View: 4989


This visual guide to the structure and anatomy of birds contains more than 200 specially prepared accurate drawings. The text is written for undergraduate students and to bird lovers in general, and discusses why birds look and act the way they do.

The Bird Almanac

A Guide to Essential Facts and Figures of the World's Birds

Author: David Michael Bird

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781552979259

Category: Nature

Page: 460

View: 7904


Comprehensive guide to all aspects of avian biology, including anatomy, reproduction and mortality of bird species worldwide.


A Wildlife Handbook

Author: Kim Long

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781555661526

Category: Nature

Page: 181

View: 6943


An introduction to the physical characteristics and behavior of squirrels, with fact tables for nine different squirrel species.

The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook

A Companion to Hope and Despair

Author: Niall Edworthy,Petra Cramsie

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439101663

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 6607


Presents quotations that offer opposing optimistic and pessimistic perspectives on topics ranging from baldness and the Middle East to travel, marriage, beauty, and education.

The Curious Nature Guide

Explore the Natural Wonders All Around You

Author: Clare Walker Leslie

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612125107

Category: Nature

Page: 144

View: 5110


With dozens of simple prompts and exercises, best-selling author, naturalist, and artist Clare Walker Leslie invites you to step outside for just a few minutes a day, reignite your sense of wonder about the natural world, and discover the peace and grounding that come from connecting with nature. Using stunning photography as well as the author's own original illustrations, The Curious Nature Guide will inspire you to use all of your senses to notice the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of the trees, plants, animals, birds, insects, clouds, and other features that can be seen right outside your home, no matter where you live. Sketch or write about one exceptional nature image each day; learn to identify cloud types and the weather they bring; or create a record of what you see each day as you walk your dog. Easy, enjoyable, and enlightening, these simple exercises will transform your view of the world and your place within it.

Nature Anatomy

The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World

Author: Julia Rothman

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612128149

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 5625


See the world in a whole new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman combines art and science in this exciting and educational guide to the structure, function, and personality of the natural world. Explore the anatomy of a jellyfish, the inside of a volcano, monarch butterfly migration, how sunsets work, and much more. Rothman’s whimsical illustrations are paired with interactive activities that encourage curiosity and inspire you to look more closely at the world all around you.

The Naming of the Shrew

A Curious History of Latin Names

Author: John Wright

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408820358

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 303

View: 5091


Latin names ? frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel ? have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus ? 'dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such as Chloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, well gorilla)? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong. With wonderfully witty style and captivating narrative, this book will make you see Latin names in a whole new light.

National Geographic Field Guide to Birds


Author: Mel Baughman

Publisher: National Geographic Society

ISBN: 9780792294658

Category: Nature

Page: 271

View: 7133


National Geographic, publisher of the authoritative, bestselling "Field Guide to the Birds of North America," introduces a series of affordable and portable regional bird field guides. 200 photos & art pieces. 125 maps.

Jonah Lomu, A Giant Among Men

The Story of a Rugby Hero

Author: Niall Edworthy

Publisher: Canelo

ISBN: 1910859257

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 100

View: 2526


A concise biography of Jonah Lomu, the international icon who changed rugby Jonah Lomu, A Giant Among Men profiles New Zealand’s greatest sportsman, and one of the finest players in the history of rugby. His combination of pace and power was unprecedented, enthralling fans from around the world. Lomu burst onto the international scene in 1994, joining the All Blacks as their youngest-ever member. With a string of exceptional performances he came to dominate the Rugby World Cup the following year. His ebullient personality, frightening athleticism and passionate pride in wearing the shirt captured the public imagination, and made Lomu the game’s first truly global superstar. His tragic death in November 2015, aged just 40, left the rugby community in shock. This biography pays tribute to a life cut short, but one marked by such achievement and impact that it will never be forgotten.

Bird Feathers

A Guide to North American Species

Author: S. David Scott,Casey McFarland

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811742177

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 6989


Over 400 photos of representative feathers from 379 species.


The Animal Answer Guide

Author: Richard W. Thorington, Jr.,Katie E. Ferrell

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801889081

Category: Science

Page: 208

View: 7965


With over one hundred photographs and an intuitive question-and-answer format, this authoritative and engaging guide sheds light on a common mammal that is anything but commonplace.

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida

Author: Peter Alden

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated


Category: Nature

Page: 447

View: 8855


Identifies one thousand types of Florida's plant and animal life, offers an overview of its natural history, and describes the state's beaches, parks, preserves, and forests

Rare Bird - ebook/epub

Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

Author: Maria Mudd Ruth

Publisher: Mountaineers Books

ISBN: 1594858365

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 1369


CLICK HERE to download the first chapter from Rare Bird “Compelling… engaging.” —Library Journal “Rare insights into the trials and joys of scientific discovery.” —Publisher’s weekly Part naturalist detective story and part environmental inquiry, Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet celebrates the fascinating world of an endangered seabird that depends on the contested old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest for its survival. “This chunky little seabird stole my heart.” So confesses Maria Mudd Ruth, a veteran nature writer perfectly happy to be a generalist before getting swept up in the strange story of the marbled murrelet. This curiosity of nature, which flies like a little brown bullet at up to 100 miles an hour and lives most of its life offshore, is seen onland only during breeding season, when each female lays a single egg high on a mossy tree limb in the ancient coastal forest. Ruth traces reports of the bird back to Captain Cook’s ill-fated voyage of discovery on the Pacific Ocean in 1778, and explores the mindset of 19th- and 20th-century naturalists who — despite their best efforts — failed to piece together clues to the whereabouts of the bird’s nest. Ruth ventures to coastal meadows before dawn and onto the ocean at midnight to learn firsthand how scientists observe nature. She interviews all the major players in the drama: timber company executives and fishing fleet operators whose businesses are threatened by conservation measures, as well as the so-called cowboy scientists who are devoted to saving the marbled murrelet from extinction. And, ultimately, Ruth puts her curiosity and passion for this rare bird onto the page for readers to savor.

Bird Sense

What It's Like to Be a Bird

Author: Tim Birkhead

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0802779689

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 1621


What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses--vision and hearing--but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a bird's sense of taste, or smell, or touch, or the ability to detect the earth's magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away--how do they do it? Bird Sense is based on a conviction that we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head. Our understanding of bird behaviour is simultaneously informed and constrained by the way we watch and study them. By drawing attention to the way these frameworks both facilitate and inhibit discovery, Birkhead identifies ways we can escape from them to explore new horizons in bird behaviour. There has never been a popular book about the senses of birds. No one has previously looked at how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by all their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and a unique understanding of birds and their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science.