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AMNH Birds of North America

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Ideal for the armchair bird enthusiast or dedicated bird watcher, this book includes stunning full-color photographs, revealing each species with unrivaled clarity. A lavish introduction describes bird characteristics and behavior, while stunning full-color photographs reveal individual species for easy identification. The 550 most commonly seen birds are pictured in clear, close-up photographs, with images of similar birds provided to make differentiation easy, from game birds and waterfowl to shorebirds and swifts to owls, hummingbirds, finches, and more. Discover which species to expect when and where with up-to-date, color-coded maps highlighting habitation and migratory patterns. The most commonly seen species are given a whole page in the species catalog, and each full-page profile includes images of plumage variations, subspecies, information on similar birds, and artwork of the bird in flight that reveal their outstretched wings. Rare birds and vagrants who occasionally stray into North America are also described, making AMNH Birds of North America one of the most comprehensive guides on the market and essential for anyone interested in birding.

AMNH Birds of North America Western

AMNH Birds of North America Western Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0744042887
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AMNH Birds of North America Western by DK Summary

This comprehensive e-guide to North American birds uses a fully integrated photographic approach for quick and easy identification in the field. This is the only photographic field e-guide you need to enjoy bird-watching in Western North America. It uses a photographic approach to profile the extraordinary range of birds found in Western North America. The highest-quality photography brings nearly 575 species to life on the page, capturing their beauty and making identification quick and effortless. The 367 species most commonly seen west of the Great Plains are featured in full-page profiles that emphasize all the information needed to identify them. All photographs are clearly labeled and annotated. Detailed similar species boxes make it easy to distinguish between birds that are similar in appearance. Schematic drawings show the shape and posture of the bird in flight as well as its coloration, and a diagram of its flight pattern is also included. A separate section profiles 128 species that are particularly uncommon or local in their distribution, and there is a short list of vagrants and accidentals--those that are, on occasion, pushed off course on migration to find themselves in North America. Written by experts and produced in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, Birds of North America Western Region is an essential field guide for identifying birds in North America.

American Museum of Natural History: Pocket Birds of North America, Western Region

American Museum of Natural History: Pocket Birds of North America, Western Region Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stephen Kress,Elissa Wolfson
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465463798
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American Museum of Natural History: Pocket Birds of North America, Western Region by Stephen Kress,Elissa Wolfson Summary

Profiling more than 400 of the most commonly seen birds in western North America, this handy photographic field guide brings each species to life on the page. From the bald eagle to the California quail to the golden-crowned sparrow, high-quality photographs capture the beauty of the birds and, coupled with concise text, make identification in the wild quick and effortless. Detailed illustrations show typical plumage, comparing juvenile and adult, male and female, and appearance during the winter and summer months. No matter when you want to go birdwatching, American Museum of Natural History: Pocket Birds of North America, Western Region can help you locate where a certain species can be seen throughout the entire year, even during migration season. Created in association with the American Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History: Pocket Birds of North America, Western Region is the perfect field companion for bird enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience.

A is for Ant

A is for Ant Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0744022436
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A is for Ant by DK Summary

Take a first look at the amazing world of ants in this beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book, a perfect first gift for babies and toddlers. The friendly, read-aloud text and exciting illustrations by Kate Slater will have young nature-lovers smiling in no time as they learn fun words about ants that all begin with the letter "a". Have fun with your little ones by pointing to the colorful illustrations that tell the story of these awesome workers. Learn how ants work together, what they eat, and where they live. Filled with simple, fun facts, A is for Ant provides lots to talk about and is cleverly designed to encourage early learners to repeat the fun a-words.

Amazing Earth

Amazing Earth Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK,Anita Ganeri
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0744054273
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Amazing Earth by DK,Anita Ganeri Summary

An exhilarating guided tour around the most unbelievable, unusual, and incredible places on Earth -perfect for readers aged 7+ who have big imaginations and a thirst for adventure. When most people think of Earth's most amazing places, they think of Mount Everest or the Eiffel Tower. But there's so much more that our planet has to offer. This ebook will transport you to the far-flung reaches of the globe to discover places so incredible you'll barely be able to believe they are real. Have you ever seen a waterfall that looks like it's on fire, a cave filled with bright blue glowworms, or a bright pink lake? Well that's exactly the kind of thing the pages of this book are filled with (along with much, much more). But there's more than just pretty pictures. Inspired by explorers' journals, this is the ultimate e-guide for curious kids with a love for learning. Every page dives deep into explaining the science behind various natural phenomena, a place's historical or cultural significance, and more. So if you're an eager explorer, turn the pages to discover natural wonders, stunning vistas, and other jaw-dropping places from around the world.

A Street Through Time

A Street Through Time Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anne Millard
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465407731
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A Street Through Time by Anne Millard Summary

Steve Noon's award-winning A Street Through Time has been revised and updated for a new generation. In a series of fourteen unique illustrations, A Street Through Time tells the story of human history by exploring a street as it evolves from 10,000 BCE to the present day. Readers will see how the landscape and the daily lives of people changed as a small settlement grows into a city, is struck by war and plague, and gains trade and industry.

D is for Dog

D is for Dog Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0744035457
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D is for Dog by DK Summary

Take a first look at the delightful world of dogs in this beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book for babies and toddlers. Part of DK's illustrated animal alphabet series, D is for Dog is the fourth entertaining picture book installment, a perfect first gift for babies and toddlers. The friendly, read-aloud text and lively illustrations by Kate Slater will have young animal-lovers smiling in no time as they learn fun words about dogs that all begin with the letter "d". Have fun with your little ones by pointing to the colorful illustrations that tell the story of these loveable creatures. Learn how dogs chase their tails, what they eat, and how much they enjoy rolling in mud! Filled with simple, playful facts, D is for Dog provides lots to talk about and lots to look at for curious, animal-loving babies and toddlers everywhere.

Everything You Need to Know About Birds

Everything You Need to Know About Birds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465452923
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Everything You Need to Know About Birds by DK Summary

Have you ever wondered how birds fly or what's inside an egg? You can find out the answers to these questions and more in Everything You Need to Know About Birds! From the nocturnal owls to the flightless penguins, learn about the different evolution and habitats of birds from around the world. Discover how almost everything about a bird's anatomy is designed for flight, yet how its skeleton is also similar to that of a human. Everything You Need to Know About Birds is a fact-filled, highly visual guide to different types of birds all across the world. Packed with information on habitats, breeding habits, as well as oddities, shocking trivia, and anatomy, this information is presented through close-ups, engaging text, and innovative, high-quality design, making it perfect for in-depth research or a quick dip for fast facts.

Peterson Field Guide To Birds Of North America, Second Edition

Peterson Field Guide To Birds Of North America, Second Edition Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1328771466
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Peterson Field Guide To Birds Of North America, Second Edition by Roger Tory Peterson Summary

A new edition of the best-selling field guide with 25 all-new plates covering the birds of Hawaii. For decades, the Peterson Field Guide to Birds has been a popular and trusted guide for birders of all levels, thanks to its famous system of identification and unparalleled illustrations. Now that the American Birding Association has expanded its species Checklist to include Hawaii, the Peterson Guide is the first edition to include the wonderful and exotic species of our fiftieth state. In addition, the text and range maps have been updated, and much of the art has been touched up to reflect current knowledge.

The Big Book of Things That Go

The Big Book of Things That Go Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465456686
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The Big Book of Things That Go by DK Summary

From a spectacular giant dump truck to a speedy little race go-cart, The Big Book of Things That Go is a visual and informative look at a subject that fascinates kids. Full of detailed artwork and photographs of real-life vehicles, The Big Book of Things That Go is an enticing collection of trucks, cars, motorcycles, and more that will excite every child. This visual guide features simple but informative text and interactive questions that encourage young children to make their own discoveries about the vehicles around them and how and why machines are useful. Broken into two-page-spread themes, young readers can learn about various vehicles including fire trucks, tractors, cranes, and much more. With striking images and informative text, The Big Book of Things That Go is the perfect guide for young readers who want to learn more about different machines used around the world.

The Chicken Encyclopedia

The Chicken Encyclopedia Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gail Damerow
Editor: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603427767
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The Chicken Encyclopedia by Gail Damerow Summary

From addled to wind egg and crossed beak to zygote, the terminology of everything chicken is demystified in The Chicken Encyclopedia. Complete with breed descriptions, common medical concerns, and plenty of chicken trivia, this illustrated A-to-Z reference guide is both informative and entertaining. Covering tail types, breeding, molting, communication, and much more, Gail Damerow provides answers to all of your chicken questions and quandaries. Even seasoned chicken farmers are sure to discover new information about the multifaceted world of these fascinating birds.

Dog Years

Dog Years Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Amanda Jones
Editor: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452143544
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Dog Years by Amanda Jones Summary

The photographer behind Unleashed combines man’s best friend with time in this touching portrait collection capturing dogs as puppies and as older dogs. Dog Years is a heartwarming look at the lives and stories of thirty dogs. By presenting portraits of each dog as a puppy and again as an older dog, photographer Amanda Jones reveals the unique spark of personality that lasts a lifetime. These beautiful images of breeds ranging from golden retrievers and Great Danes to pugs and French bulldogs are accompanied by reflections from loved ones on the lives they share with their furry companions. The result is a celebration of each dog and a tribute to the relationships we share with our four-legged friends.

Boo: Little Dog in the Big City

Boo: Little Dog in the Big City Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J.H. Lee
Editor: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452121958
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Boo: Little Dog in the Big City by J.H. Lee Summary

Everyone’s favorite dog is back and cuter than ever! Following up on the internationally bestselling Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog, this latest volume features Boo’s adventures in the big city. Get ready for tons of all-new irresistible photos of Boo going shopping, hitting the beach, making doggy friends, and just generally being adorable.

The Wonders of Nature

The Wonders of Nature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ben Hoare
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465493832
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The Wonders of Nature by Ben Hoare Summary

Unearth the stories behind the natural world This collection of amazing animals, plants, rocks and minerals, and microorganisms will wow children and adults alike. With 100 remarkable items from the natural world, from orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, everyone will find something to be captivated by. Each plant, animal, and rock is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed close-up images. Discover how the dragon blood tree got its name, why a sundew means big trouble for insects, and what on Earth a radiolarian is. The storybook descriptions let you discover the myths and legends surrounding both organisms and gemstones, as well as key facts about their natural history. From orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, this beautiful treasury lets you find the things that interest you and uncover new favorites along the way. Explore some of the myths and stories surrounding both organisms and gemstones, as well as key facts about their natural history. With reference pages packed with information you'll go away knowing something you didn't before, even if you return time and again. A beautiful gift for children who can't get enough of nature, The Wonders of Nature: A Treasury is perfect for kids to explore by themselves or for bedtime stories.

First Children's Dictionary

First Children's Dictionary Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465462783
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First Children's Dictionary by DK Summary

With over 3,000 definitions, this updated edition First Children's Dictionary is an ideal reference book for children five and older who are eager to expand their vocabulary. A go-to reference book featuring nouns, adjectives, and verbs, First Children's Dictionary helps children learn how to describe the world around them. Designed with highly visual pages showcasing stunning photography and easy-to-understand text, this dictionary is not intimidating and teaches young readers essential research skills while teaching them useful word definitions. With over 700 illustrations, children will learn about opposites, similar words, and word origins, alongside phonetic spellings and word games. From using a dictionary to word histories that show where words come from, First Children's Dictionary is the perfect beginning reference book for kids.

Star Wars The Mandalorian Handbook

Star Wars The Mandalorian Handbook Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK,Matt Jones
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0744058600
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Star Wars The Mandalorian Handbook by DK,Matt Jones Summary

Includes facts from the TV series Star Wars: The Mandalorian, this ebook is aimed at young kids who want to join Mando, Grogu, Boba Fett, and Ahsoka Tano on their thrilling adventures. They'll meet strange aliens and droids, learn about new planets and frightening monsters, and read about the evil villains who will stop at nothing to complete their missions. Hop aboard the Razor Crest and get exploring with Star Wars: The Mandalorian Handbook!

End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals

End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ross D E MacPhee
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393249301
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End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals by Ross D E MacPhee Summary

The fascinating lives and puzzling demise of some of the largest animals on earth. Until a few thousand years ago, creatures that could have been from a sci-fi thriller—including gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, and crocodiles that weighed a ton or more—roamed the earth. These great beasts, or “megafauna,” lived on every habitable continent and on many islands. With a handful of exceptions, all are now gone. What caused the disappearance of these prehistoric behemoths? No one event can be pinpointed as a specific cause, but several factors may have played a role. Paleomammalogist Ross D. E. MacPhee explores them all, examining the leading extinction theories, weighing the evidence, and presenting his own conclusions. He shows how theories of human overhunting and catastrophic climate change fail to account for critical features of these extinctions, and how new thinking is needed to elucidate these mysterious losses. Along the way, we learn how time is determined in earth history; how DNA is used to explain the genomics and phylogenetic history of megafauna—and how synthetic biology and genetic engineering may be able to reintroduce these giants of the past. Until then, gorgeous four-color illustrations by Peter Schouten re-create these megabeasts here in vivid detail.

Raptors

Raptors Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Traer Scott
Editor: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1616896833
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Raptors by Traer Scott Summary

This delightful and dramatic collection of portraits reveals birds of prey as we never experience them: intimate and up close, photographed in Traer Scott's signature style. Seventy spectacular color photos present twenty-five different species, from the familiar to the exotic and endangered: hawks, owls, falcons, a bald eagle, kestrels, a Mississippi Kite, a turkey vulture, and more. Joining their elders are a fluffy baby vulture and adorable baby and juvenile great horned owls. The birds in this remarkable collection emerge as personalities, not just types: wise and quizzical, graceful and enigmatic, serene and fiercely self-possessed. A personal introduction describes Scott's process and connection to the birds, and captions detail the characteristics and habits of these incredible winged creatures.

DK Life Stories Queen Elizabeth II

DK Life Stories Queen Elizabeth II Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
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ISBN: 0744037255
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DK Life Stories Queen Elizabeth II by DK Summary

Discover the inspiring story of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, in this fascinating kids' biography. At just 25 years of age, Princess Elizabeth succeeded King George VI to the British throne. This compelling ebook looks at Elizabeth's life as both a public and private figure. It traces her early years as a princess, her experiences in the women's army during World War II, her coronation, and her life as queen both at home and in the public eye. The ebook looks at Elizabeth's marriage to Prince Philip, her husband of more than 70 years, and her life as a mother to her four children, including her eldest son Prince Charles, the heir to the throne. In this biography ebook for kids ages 8-11, learn how Elizabeth has worked alongside 13 British prime ministers, met leaders from around the world, and has remained a stable presence as head of the British royal family. This new kids' biography series from DK goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history's most interesting and inspiring people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement age-appropriate, narrative text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes DK Life Stories the one biography series everyone will want to collect.

Upside-Down Dogs

Upside-Down Dogs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Serena Hodson
Editor: St. Martin\'s Griffin
ISBN: 125013112X
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Upside-Down Dogs by Serena Hodson Summary

Celebrated pet photographer Serena Hodson's silly, drooly, whimsical, and fun Upside-Down Dogs is sure to bring a smile to every dog lover's face. Her unique perspective brings these sweet, full color photos to life on the page. Hodson takes beautiful color photographs of man's best friend...but her furry subjects are always upside down. The results are stunning, charming, and laugh out loud adorable. No matter the breed, no matter the background, Hodson is able to capture the sweet personality of each dog she works with. There's no better book to help someone turn their frown upside down.

LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book

LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK,Elizabeth Dowsett,Simon Hugo,Hannah Dolan
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LEGO Star Wars Ideas Book by DK,Elizabeth Dowsett,Simon Hugo,Hannah Dolan Summary

Find a galaxy full of LEGO® Star WarsTM ideas to build - from activities and art, games and challenges, to practical makes and your very own inventions! LEGO® Star WarsTM Ideas Book features imaginative play and building ideas using your own LEGO brick collection. There are LEGO projects that take just a few minutes, it builds to keep you occupied for hours. Set up a game of LEGO Star Wars skittles, create a pencil pot shaped like your favorite Sith or Jedi, build a fleet of tiny TIEs, design Darth Vader's family tree, and customize a podracer. Challenge a friend to take on a rathtar, mix up your minifigures, stage your favorite movie battle scene with LEGO Star Wars bricks - and much, much more! LEGO® Star WarsTM Ideas Book is packed with a family-friendly range of activities to inspire every LEGO Star Wars fan. What will you build? © 2018 The LEGO Group.© & TM 2018 LUCASFILM LTD.

Love: The Psychology of Attraction

Love: The Psychology of Attraction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 146545246X
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Love: The Psychology of Attraction by DK Summary

Love: The Psychology of Attraction is an easy-to-navigate, step-by-step guide to modern love that's grounded in scientific study, psychological expertise, and practical insights about romance in the age of social media. Crack the code of compatibility and find the path to true love with this unique guide to finding the perfect mate in the modern world. Love: The Psychology of Attraction offers answers to your burning questions: How should I present myself online? What are red flags in a first phone call? Is it time to meet family members? And it answers some unexpected questions, too: Is chemistry predictable? Do I have a "lifestyle type"? With every quiz, assessment, and inviting infographic, Love: The Psychology of Attraction guides you toward deeper, more satisfying relationships that can lead to long-term fulfillment.

Making Dogs Happy

Making Dogs Happy Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Paul McGreevy,Melissa Starling
Editor: The Experiment
ISBN: 1615195661
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Making Dogs Happy by Paul McGreevy,Melissa Starling Summary

Learn to decode your dog’s emotions and behaviors—and be the best dog parent you can be—with this guide by two leading experts in canine behavior. “Why does my dog do that?” is a question every dog owner has asked, whether their best friend is growling at an unseen foe, or rolling in something that smells terrible. In Making Dogs Happy, dog trainer Melissa Starling and veterinarian Paul McGreevy supply all the answers: How dogs use body language to communicate (with both people and other dogs) What motivates dogs (and what doesn’t) Rules for canine contentment (for example, most dogs don’t enjoy hugging) Subtle signs of discomfort, stress, and fear (like lip licking) And even how to choose the furry companion that’s right for you. In Making Dogs Happy, you’ll learn to see the world as your dog does—full of goals to pursue, resources to guard, and stressors to avoid. Using that knowledge, you’ll be able to communicate with and train your dogs—and keep them happy.

Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America

Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Steve N. G. Howell
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400839629
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Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America by Steve N. G. Howell Summary

Petrels, albatrosses, and storm-petrels are among the most beautiful yet least known of all the world's birds, living their lives at sea far from the sight of most people. Largely colored in shades of gray, black, and white, these enigmatic and fast-flying seabirds can be hard to differentiate, particularly from a moving boat. Useful worldwide, not just in North America, this photographic guide is based on unrivaled field experience and combines insightful text and hundreds of full-color images to help you identify these remarkable birds. The first book of its kind, this guide features an introduction that explains ocean habitats and the latest developments in taxonomy. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features such as flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occurrence patterns, and migration routes. Species accounts are arranged into groups helpful for field identification, and an overview of unique identification challenges is provided for each group. The guide also includes distribution maps for regularly occurring species as well as a bibliography, glossary, and appendixes. The first state-of-the-art photographic guide to these enigmatic seabirds Includes hundreds of full-color photos throughout Features detailed species accounts that describe flight, plumage, distribution, and more Provides overviews of ocean habitats, taxonomy, and conservation Offers tips on how to observe and identify birds at sea

What's that Bird?

What's that Bird? Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 075669759X
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What's that Bird? by DK Summary

Grab a pair of binoculars and this pocket guide to set off on an exciting adventure with nature! Offering clear and concise instructions, What's That Bird? is the ideal birdwatching manual, allowing you to identify with ease the feathered wild creatures in your backyard. With labeled photographs and information on identifying bird species handy, the budding birdwatcher need look no further. Produced in association with the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, this illustrated reference guide contains details of over 150 common bird species found across Britain and Europe. Learn to identify birds by color, size, shape, flight pattern, and sound, and find out the best season for spotting them as well as how to tell similar birds apart. What does a black redstart look like? Where can you find a sand martin? What markings does a dunnock have? Find answers to these and much more here. The uncomplicated yet comprehensive descriptions by author and leading ornithological expert Rob Hume are accompanied by vibrant images that bring the birds to life. The useful bird-finder section clubs birds together according to color for your convenience. With a simple visual approach for quick learning, What's That Bird? is a must-have for beginners and a nifty reference for seasoned birdwatchers.

Birds of empire, birds of nation : a history of science, economy, and conservation in United States-Colombia relations

Birds of empire, birds of nation : a history of science, economy, and conservation in United States-Colombia relations Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Quintero Toro, Camilo
Editor: Ediciones Uniandes-Universidad de los Andes
ISBN: 9586957969
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Birds of empire, birds of nation : a history of science, economy, and conservation in United States-Colombia relations by Quintero Toro, Camilo Summary

This book reveals the history behind the trade of Colombian birds as a means of comprehending the scientific, economic and environmental relations between the United States and Colombia from the 1880s to the 1960s. Through the study of the feather trade, scientific expeditions, scientific communities and nature conservation, the author brings to light how international relations and national agendas shaped the study and perception of nature in both countries during those years.

Ten Thousand Birds

Ten Thousand Birds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tim Birkhead,Jo Wimpenny,Bob Montgomerie
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400848830
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Ten Thousand Birds by Tim Birkhead,Jo Wimpenny,Bob Montgomerie Summary

Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities, and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. This beautifully illustrated book opens in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds. It describes how in the early 1900s pioneering individuals such as Erwin Stresemann, Ernst Mayr, and Julian Huxley recognized the importance of studying live birds in the field, and how this shift thrust ornithology into the mainstream of the biological sciences. The book tells the stories of eccentrics like Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, a pathological liar who stole specimens from museums and quite likely murdered his wife, and describes the breathtaking insights and discoveries of ambitious and influential figures such as David Lack, Niko Tinbergen, Robert MacArthur, and others who through their studies of birds transformed entire fields of biology. Ten Thousand Birds brings this history vividly to life through the work and achievements of those who advanced the field. Drawing on a wealth of archival material and in-depth interviews, this fascinating book reveals how research on birds has contributed more to our understanding of animal biology than the study of just about any other group of organisms.

Birds of Ecuador

Birds of Ecuador Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robin Restall,Juan Freile
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472925645
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Birds of Ecuador by Robin Restall,Juan Freile Summary

This up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the birds of mainland Ecuador is a valuable resource for anyone exploring the mountains, forests and wetlands of this incredibly bird-rich country. With thousands of beautiful and detailed paintings, accompanied by concise descriptions and accurate maps, this is an indispensible guide to bird identification in Ecuador. · Covers every species and most subspecies recorded in Ecuador, including migrants and vagrants, with accurate and up-to-date distribution maps. · 291 colour plates illustrating more than 1,630 species, with text on facing pages for quick and easy reference. · Concise text covering identification, voice, habits, habitats, range, distribution and status.

A Passion for Birds

A Passion for Birds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mark Barrow
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691234655
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A Passion for Birds by Mark Barrow Summary

In the decades following the Civil War--as industrialization, urbanization, and economic expansion increasingly reshaped the landscape--many Americans began seeking adventure and aesthetic gratification through avian pursuits. By the turn of the century, hundreds of thousands of middle-and upper-class devotees were rushing to join Audubon societies, purchase field guides, and keep records of the species they encountered in the wild. Mark Barrow vividly reconstructs this story not only through the experiences of birdwatchers, collectors, conservationists, and taxidermists, but also through those of a relatively new breed of bird enthusiast: the technically oriented ornithologist. In exploring how ornithologists struggled to forge a discipline and profession amidst an explosion of popular interest in natural history, A Passion for Birds provides the first book-length history of American ornithology from the death of John James Audubon to the Second World War. Barrow shows how efforts to form a scientific community distinct from popular birders met with only partial success. The founding of the American Ornithologists' Union in 1883 and the subsequent expansion of formal educational and employment opportunities in ornithology marked important milestones in this campaign. Yet by the middle of the twentieth century, when ornithology had finally achieved the status of a modern profession, its practitioners remained dependent on the services of birdwatchers and other amateur enthusiasts. Environmental issues also loom large in Barrow's account as he traces areas of both cooperation and conflict between ornithologists and wildlife conservationists. Recounting a colorful story based on the interactions among a wide variety of bird-lovers, this book will interest historians of science, environmental historians, ornithologists, birdwatchers, and anyone curious about the historical roots of today's birding boom.

Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers

Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Brewer
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Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers by David Brewer Summary

This is the first comprehensive guide to these closely related families. The book covers all 75 wrens, 34 thrashers and 5 dippers, almost all of which are New World species. The wrens (Troglodytidae) in particular display great diversity, occupying almost every kind of habitat in the Americas. The family probably originates in Central America where the greatest number of species is to be found. The thrashers (Mimidae) include the mockingbirds, catbirds and tremblers. The dippers (Cinclidae) are river specialists although, unusually, they exhibit no obvious features for an aquatic existence.

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bo Beolens,Michael Watkins,Michael Grayson
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
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The Eponym Dictionary of Birds by Bo Beolens,Michael Watkins,Michael Grayson Summary

Birdwatchers often come across bird names that include a person's name, either in the vernacular (English) name or latinised in the scientific nomenclature. Such names are properly called eponyms, and few people will not have been curious as to who some of these people were (or are). Names such as Darwin, Wallace, Audubon, Gould and (Gilbert) White are well known to most people. Keener birders will have yearned to see Pallas's Warbler, Hume's Owl, Swainson's Thrush, Steller's Eider or Brünnich's Guillemot. But few people today will have even heard of Albertina's Myna, Barraband's Parrot, Guerin's Helmetcrest or Savigny's Eagle Owl. This extraordinary new work lists more than 4,000 eponymous names covering 10,000 genera, species and subspecies of birds. Every taxon with an eponymous vernacular or scientific name (whether in current usage or not) is listed, followed by a concise biography of the person concerned. These entries vary in length from a few lines to several paragraphs, depending on the availability of information or the importance of the individual's legacy. The text is punctuated with intriguing or little-known facts, unearthed in the course of the authors' extensive research. Ornithologists will find this an invaluable reference, especially to sort out birds named after people with identical surnames or in situations where only a person's forenames are used. But all birders will find much of interest in this fascinating dictionary, an ebook to dip into time and time again whenever their curiosity is aroused.

Japan's Empire of Birds

Japan's Empire of Birds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Annika A. Culver
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As a transnational history of science, Japan's Empire of Birds: Aristocrats, Anglo-Americans, and Transwar Ornithology focuses on the political aspects of highly mobile Japanese explorer-scientists, or cosmopolitan gentlemen of science, circulating between Japanese and British/American spaces in the transwar period from the 1920s to 1950s. Annika A. Culver examines a network of zoologists united by their practice of ornithology and aristocratic status. She goes on to explore issues of masculinity and race related to this amidst the backdrop of imperial Japan's interwar period of peaceful internationalism, the rise of fascism, the Japanese takeover of Manchuria, and war in China and the Pacific. Culver concludes by investigating how these scientists repurposed their aims during Japan's Allied Occupation and the Cold War. Inspired by geographer Doreen Massey, themes covered in the volume include social space and place in these specific locations and how identities transform to garner social capital and scientific credibility in transnational associations and travel for non-white scientists.

Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You

Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dan Riskin
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This “fact-filled and amusing trek through nature’s dark side” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals the fascinating, weird, and often perverted ways that Mother Nature fends only for herself. It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin (host of the Animal Planet’s TV show Monsters Inside Me) explains, it’s also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs. In Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You, Riskin is our tour guide through the natural world at its most gloriously ruthless. Using the seven deadly sins as a road map, Riskin offers dozens of jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal nature can truly be. From slothful worms that hide in your body for up to thirty years to wrathful snails with poisonous harpoons that can kill you in less than five minutes to lustful ducks that have orgasms faster than you can blink, these fascinating accounts reveal the candid truth about “gentle” Mother Nature’s true colors. Riskin’s passion for the strange and his enthusiastic expertise bring Earth’s most fascinating fauna and flora into vivid focus. Through his adventures—which include sliding on his back through a thick soup of bat guano just to get face-to-face with a vampire bat, befriending a parasitic maggot that has taken root in his head, and coming to grips with having offspring of his own—Riskin makes unexpected discoveries not just about the world all around us but also about the ways this brutal world has shaped us as humans and what our responsibilities are to this terrible, wonderful planet we call home.

Travels and Archaeology in South Chile

Travels and Archaeology in South Chile Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Junius B. Bird,Margaret Bird,John Hyslop
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"This is a remarkable book by one of the true geniuses in the field of anthropology during this century and one who provided valuable data for specialists in other disciplines as well."--H. M. Wormington "An engaging manuscript that should charm a broad audience."--Thomas F. Lynch "The field notes of Junius, and Peggy's diary, are valuable records of the excavations, artifacts, and interpretations of the best archaeologists to work in the southern tip of South America."--James G. Griffin Junius Bird's three great archaeological field achievements--at the Strait of Magellan in Chilean Patagonia, in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, and at the sites of early coastal dwellers in northern Peru--made his reputation as a New World prehistorian. His work in south Chile is especially important, since it established the great antiquity of human populations in South America. Until now, most of Bird's Chilean data remained unpublished, but this rich collection of field notebooks from his 1936 and 1937 excavations makes this primary information available for the first time. Included in this volume are new data from Bird's excavations at Palli Aike, Fell's Cave, and Cañadon Leona as well as Cerro Sota and Mylodon caves. Excerpts from his published articles plus contributions by Juliet Clutton-Brock and Vera Markgraf reinforce the book with major new information about these truly pioneering investigations. Complementing the technical data are excerpts from the field journal kept by Margaret (Peggy) Bird. Witty, charming, and personable, her writings convey the more human aspects of Bird's research while interpreting his theoretical ideas. Finally, the many photographs taken by the Birds add a striking visual dimension to this volume. The Birds' fieldwork took place under conditions, and with a spirit, vastly different from those of most researchers today. The texts and teamwork revealed in Travels and Archaeology in South Chilewill appeal to everyone concerned with the heavily debated question of earliest peopling in the Americas, with South American anthropology and archaeology, and with the days when archaeology truly meant exploration. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Background and Departure Overview South Chile and the Canoe Indians Daily Life Sailing the Channels 2. Chronological Synthesis and Dating The Periods The Radiocarbon Dates 3. Canadon Leona General Description Excavation Information The Artifacts Faunal Remains Possible Age of Deposit Burials Summary Daily Life 4. Palli Aike General Description Excavation in Two Phases Excavation Information The Artifacts Possible Age of Deposit Faunal Remains Human Remains Daily Life 5. Fell's Cave General Description Excavation Information, 1936-1937 The Artifacts Faunal Remains Daily Life Excavations by John Fell and the French Mission Excavations, 1969-1970 The Carnivore Remains Excavated at Fell's Cave in 1970. By Juliet Clutton-Brock Fell's Cave: 11,000 Years of Changes in Paleoenvironments, Fauna, and Human Occupation. By Vera Markgraf 6. Cerro Sota Cave General Description Excavation Information The Artifacts Faunal Remains A Group Burial Probable Dating of the Deposit Daily Life 7. Mylodon Cave Background Structure of the Floor Deposit Results and Conclusions Human Remains Sloth Skin Broken or "Cut" Bone Domestication of the Sloth Summary of Evidence Age of Remains Two Additional Specimens

Dancing the World Smaller

Dancing the World Smaller Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rebekah J. Kowal
Editor: Oxford University Press
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Dancing the World Smaller examines international dance performances in New York City in the 1940s as sites in which dance artists and audiences contested what it meant to practice globalism in mid-twentieth-century America. During and after the Second World War, modern dance and ballet thrived in New York City, a fertile cosmopolitan environment in which dance was celebrated as an emblem of American artistic and cultural dominance. In the ensuing Cold War years, American choreographers and companies were among those the U.S. government sent abroad to serve as ambassadors of American cultural values and to extend the nation's geo-political reach. Less-known is that international dance performance, or what was then-called "ethnic" or "ethnologic" dance, enjoyed strong support among audiences in the city and across the nation as well. Produced in non-traditional dance venues, such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Ethnologic Dance Center, and Carnegie Hall, these performances elevated dance as an intercultural bridge across human differences and dance artists as transcultural interlocutors. Dancing the World Smaller draws on extensive archival resources, as well as critical and historical studies of race and ethnicity in the U.S., to uncover a hidden history of globalism in American dance and to see artists such as La Meri, Ruth St. Denis, Asadata Dafora, Pearl Primus, José Limón, Ram Gopal, and Charles Weidman in new light. Debates about how to practice globalism in dance proxied larger cultural struggles over how to reconcile the nation's new role as a global superpower. In dance as in cultural politics, Americans labored over how to realize diversity while honoring difference and manage dueling impulses toward globalism, on the one hand, and isolationism, on the other.

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