The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook

Author: Niall Edworthy

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473543991

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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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.

Bald Coot and Screaming Loon

A handbook for the curious bird lover

Author: Niall Edworthy

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446463087

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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Bald Coot & Screaming Loon contains over 1000 entries of remarkable information about birds, birdlife and birdwatching. Chapters include: The Last of the Dinosaurs: How birds evolved and adapted; The Cloaca Monologues: Courtship & Breeding; A Cracking Start: Raising a family; Sing A Song of Sixpence: Why birds sing and call; Why don't birds wee? Birds and their bodies; A Complex Relationship: Birds & man; The Majesty of Flight: How and why birds fly; Pole to pole without a map: The mystery of migration; Bird Brain: Instinct or intelligence?; Weird Birds & Strange Behaviour: A curate's egg of a chapter; and The Battle for Survival: How birds are faring in a damaged world Woven into this wealth of knowledge are famous quotations, anecdotes, traditional sayings, lines of verse, practical advice for attracting and spotting birds, and words of rural wisdom. The spirit and focus of the Almanac is British but the book also travels as far and distant as the world's birds themselves. It is truly an essential handbook for every bird lover.

The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

Author: Bill Thompson, III,Julie Zickefoose

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547119342

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 256

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Featuring an abundance of color photographs, drawings, and maps, this ultimate birding resource is jam-packed with information on more than two hundred species.

Strange Bird

The Albatross Press and the Third Reich

Author: Michele K. Troy

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300228074

Category: History

Page: 416

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The first book about the Albatross Press, a Penguin precursor that entered into an uneasy relationship with the Nazi regime to keep Anglo-American literature alive under fascism The Albatross Press was, from its beginnings in 1932, a “strange bird”: a cultural outsider to the Third Reich but an economic insider. It was funded by British-Jewish interests. Its director was rumored to work for British intelligence. A precursor to Penguin, it distributed both middlebrow fiction and works by edgier modernist authors such as D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Ernest Hemingway to eager continental readers. Yet Albatross printed and sold its paperbacks in English from the heart of Hitler’s Reich. In her original and skillfully researched history, Michele K. Troy reveals how the Nazi regime tolerated Albatross—for both economic and propaganda gains—and how Albatross exploited its insider position to keep Anglo-American books alive under fascism. In so doing, Troy exposes the contradictions in Nazi censorship while offering an engaging detective story, a history, a nuanced analysis of men and motives, and a cautionary tale.

The Garden Lover’s Guide to Houston

Author: Eileen Houston

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1585446130

Category: Nature

Page: 216

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The Houston area offers an abundance of resources and activities for gardeners and garden lovers, if people only know where to look: Love roses? Go to the Garden Center in Hermann Park. Want fresh vegetables? Pay in advance for a weekly supply at Central City Co-op. Can’t live without daffodils? Find twenty varieties at the Bulb and Plants Mart. In this handy, versatile guide to all things related to gardens in Houston and its environs, Texas Master Gardener Eileen Houston presents the book she wished had been available when she first moved to the city. Writing about public gardens, garden events, farmers’ markets, garden clubs, retail nurseries, volunteer opportunities, and more, Houston shares her favorite finds in an opening section, called “Best of the Best,” listing places and events she believes garden enthusiasts will not want to miss. For each garden site, event, and outlet, readers learn what they need to know about times, fees, locations, and contact information. A map and key help identify which destinations will require some planning and which can be easily enjoyed, depending on where readers live or work. Helpful descriptions focus on the special features or distinctive ambience of each place or happening. A chapter on retail sources is packed with advice: where to buy native or organically raised plants; how to find specialty shops and nurseries devoted to specific kinds of plants, such as African violets, bonsai, tropicals, roses, orchids, and cacti;· which retailers offer fountains, benches, sculptures, and antique garden accessories. At the end of the book, Houston steers readers to her recommended garden books and websites. Anyone interested in exploring the gardening scene in Houston and surrounding areas—whether resident or visitor, participant or spectator—will discover in this book much to do and share with family, friends, and fellow gardeners.

Photographic Guide to the Birds of Thailand

Including Southeast Asia & the Philippines

Author: Morten Strange

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462914349

Category: Nature

Page: 400

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Tuttle is proud to present the very first comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of mainland Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Borneo. Included are the birds of Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Indochina, as well as those found in South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This book covers 668 species and contains more than 700 colour photographs. There is a distribution map for each species. Many of the photographs in this magnificent volume appear for the first time and have been carefully selected to show the most important species. The concise text provides vital information that will ensure accurate identification of species in one of the world's most diverse avifauna regions. Indispensable reading for all bird lovers.

Food Lovers' Guide to® Pittsburgh

The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings

Author: Sarah Sudar,Julia Gongaware,Amanda Mcfadden,Laura Zorch

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493014080

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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Food Lover's Guide to Pittsburgh is the ultimate guide to the city's food scene and provides the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Engagingly written by local foodies, this guide is a one-stop resource for residents and visitors alike to find producers and pureyors of tasty local specialities, as well as a rich array of other, indispensible food-related information including: One-of-a-kind restaurants and landmark eateries Speciality food shops The city's best bakeries Local drink scene Food festivals and culinary events Recipes from top Pittsburgh chefs