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AMNH Birds of North America

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Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0744038138
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LEGO NINJAGO Epic Adventures

LEGO NINJAGO Epic Adventures Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Julia March,DK
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465488006
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LEGO NINJAGO Epic Adventures by Julia March,DK Summary

Join the ninja team on their bravest missions! Discover the many villains that threaten Ninjago Island. Find out how the ninja uses their special skills in epic battles to defend their home. Engaging topics and fun, interactive pages build reading skills in this Level 3 Reader - just right for children who are beginning to read on their own. A glossary and fun quiz at the end of the book help to develop vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Each title in the DK Readers series is developed in consultation with leading literacy experts to help children build a lifelong love of reading. ©2019 The LEGO Group.

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.


Fish Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK,Brendan Kearney
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0744035589
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Fish by DK,Brendan Kearney Summary

Through this charming story, children will become aware of the growing problem of trash polluting the ocean. Fish highlights the issues with a simple and engaging illustrated narrative and also suggests a solution in the form of recycling. All Finn wants is to catch a nice, tasty fish for his dinner, but no matter how hard he tries all he seems to catch at the end of his fishing line is other people's trash. The longer he spends out on the ocean, the more crazy objects he collects! Finn and his dog Skip go home each day with a full boat, but empty tummies. It isn't long before Finn finds a way to reuse and recycle everything he has collected. Pretty soon he makes enough money to make a tasty dinner every day, and under his care, the ocean becomes clean, bright, and full of fish again!

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 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.

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.

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.

DK Life Stories Queen Elizabeth II

DK Life Stories Queen Elizabeth II Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK
Editor: Penguin
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.

Everything You Need to Know about Dinosaurs

Everything You Need to Know about Dinosaurs Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK,John Woodward
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 1465426884
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Everything You Need to Know about Dinosaurs by DK,John Woodward Summary

The next edition in the Everything You Need to Know About series takes readers to the prehistoric era when creatures like Smilodons, Pterodactyls and the Megatooth Shark ruled the land, air, and sea. Everything You Need to Know about Dinosaurs includes images, games, size comparisons, timelines, a glossary, an index, and more that will satisfy the curious minds of dinosaur-crazed kids, and be a trusted source for parents wanting to introduce their young readers to the world of dinosaurs. From the earliest fossils to the death of the dinosaurs and everything in between. Everything You Need to Know about Dinosaurs will intrigue readers and provide an experience that will redefine natural history for kids. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You

97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carol Kaufmann
Editor: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 0761184163
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97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You by Carol Kaufmann Summary

From the publisher of B. Kliban’s Cat, All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, and Bad Cat, comes a new book that answers the question all cat lovers ask: How do I make my cat like me? 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You is the perfect interactive guide to these mysterious, fickle, seemingly aloof—yet really, just particular—pets. Paired with a full-color photograph of friendly, extroverted, happy cats (in case you’ve forgotten what a cat looks like when he “likes” you), the 97 inspired, occasionally silly but always behaviorally-based tips and tricks prove that when a cat is treated right, he or she will respond in kind. Within reason. There’s the “Eye on the Ball”—record a tennis match or a Ping-Pong game on TV to play back for your cat when he needs a bit of exercise. “Cat Burrito”—wrap your cat in a towel, burrito-style, which is particularly good for anxious pets or trips to the vet. The “Boing, Boing!”—wind pipe cleaners around a pencil in a spiral shape to create springs. Carefully slide off the pencil so the spirals go “boing” when pressed. The classic “Tickle, Tickle”—tickle Kitty under her chin and softly say “gitchy, gitchy, gitchy” in your highest-pitched voice. And for the cat owner willing to go the distance, the “There’s No Business Like Show Business”—practice your best Ethel Merman by belting out favorite show tunes for your cat. Kitty won’t care if you’re off-key and she’ll enjoy the stimulation.


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.

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

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.

Birds of New Guinea

Birds of New Guinea Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bruce M. Beehler,Thane K. Pratt
Editor: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400880718
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Birds of New Guinea by Bruce M. Beehler,Thane K. Pratt Summary

New Guinea, the largest tropical island, supports a spectacular bird fauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds. Of the nearly 800 species of birds recorded from New Guinea, more than 350 are found nowhere else on Earth. This comprehensive annotated checklist of distribution, taxonomy, and systematics of the birds of New Guinea is the first formal review of this avifauna since Ernst Mayr's Checklist, published in 1941. This new book brings together all the systematic, taxonomic, and distributional research conducted on the region's bird families over the last 70 years. Bruce Beehler and Thane Pratt provide the scientific foundation for the names, geographic distributions, and systematic arrangement of New Guinea's bird fauna. All technical information is annotated and a geographic gazetteer and bibliography are included. This book is an ideal complement to the Birds of New Guinea field guide also published by Princeton, and is an essential technical reference for all scientific libraries, ornithologists, and those interested in bird classification. The first complete revision of the New Guinea bird fauna since 1941 Accounts for 75 bird species new to the region Includes a geographic gazetteer, bibliography, and explanations of taxonomic and systematic classifications

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds

The Eponym Dictionary of Birds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bo Beolens,Michael Watkins,Michael Grayson
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147298269X
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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 volume, a book to dip into time and time again whenever their curiosity is aroused.

Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America

Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Per Alström,Krister Mild
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408135701
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Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America by Per Alström,Krister Mild Summary

Wagtails are noted for their bold plumage patterns and extensive racial variation. Pipits are a large and difficult group which invariably causes vexation to birders on both sides of the Atlantic. This guide covers the 26 species of northern hemisphere pipits and wagtails in detail. It treats identification in the field and in the hand, and includes colour plates, detailed distribution maps and sonograms of songs and calls.

Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers

Wrens, Dippers and Thrashers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Brewer
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408135523
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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 Cuckoos

The Cuckoos Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert B. Payne
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191513558
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The cuckoos are the most variable birds in social behavior and parental care: a few cuckoos are among the most social of all birds and rear their young in a common nest; most cuckoos are caring parents that rear their own young with some females laying a few eggs in the nests of others; while many cuckoo species are brood parasites who leave their eggs in the nests of other birds to rear, with their young maturing to kill their foster nestmates. In The Cuckoos, Robert B. Payne presents a new evolutionary history of the family based on molecular genetics, and uses the family tree to explore the origins and diversity of their behaviour. He traces details of the cuckoos' biology to their original sources, includes descriptions of previously unpublished field observations, and reveals new comparisons of songs showing previously overlooked cuckoo species. Lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned colour plates and numerous maps, halftones, and line drawings, The Cuckoos provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date account of this family yet available.

Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You

Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dan Riskin
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476786518
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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.

The Timetree of Life

The Timetree of Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: S. Blair Hedges,Sudhir Kumar
Editor: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191560154
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The evolutionary history of life includes two primary components: phylogeny and timescale. Phylogeny refers to the branching order (relationships) of species or other taxa within a group and is crucial for understanding the inheritance of traits and for erecting classifications. However, a timescale is equally important because it provides a way to compare phylogeny directly with the evolution of other organisms and with planetary history such as geology, climate, extraterrestrial impacts, and other features. The Timetree of Life is the first reference book to synthesize the wealth of information relating to the temporal component of phylogenetic trees. In the past, biologists have relied exclusively upon the fossil record to infer an evolutionary timescale. However, recent revolutionary advances in molecular biology have made it possible to not only estimate the relationships of many groups of organisms, but also to estimate their times of divergence with molecular clocks. The routine estimation and utilization of these so-called 'time-trees' could add exciting new dimensions to biology including enhanced opportunities to integrate large molecular data sets with fossil and biogeographic evidence (and thereby foster greater communication between molecular and traditional systematists). They could help estimate not only ancestral character states but also evolutionary rates in numerous categories of organismal phenotype; establish more reliable associations between causal historical processes and biological outcomes; develop a universally standardized scheme for biological classifications; and generally promote novel avenues of thought in many arenas of comparative evolutionary biology. This authoritative reference work brings together, for the first time, experts on all major groups of organisms to assemble a timetree of life. The result is a comprehensive resource on evolutionary history which will be an indispensable reference for scientists, educators, and students in the life sciences, earth sciences, and molecular biology. For each major group of organism, a representative is illustrated and a timetree of families and higher taxonomic groups is shown. Basic aspects of the evolutionary history of the group, the fossil record, and competing hypotheses of relationships are discussed. Details of the divergence times are presented for each node in the timetree, and primary literature references are included. The book is complemented by an online database ( which allows researchers to both deposit and retrieve data.

Travels and Archaeology in South Chile

Travels and Archaeology in South Chile Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Junius B. Bird,Margaret Bird,John Hyslop
Editor: University of Iowa Press
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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

Antpittas and Gnateaters

Antpittas and Gnateaters Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Harold Greeney
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147294254X
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Elusive study organisms for ornithologists and highly prized additions to the birder's life-list, the antpittas (Grallariidae) and gnateaters (Conopophagidae) are among the most poorly known Neotropical bird groups. This authoritative handbook is the first book dedicated solely to these two families, combining an exhaustive review of more than two centuries of literature with original observations by the author and many knowledgeable contributors. Antpittas and Gnateaters provides a thorough guide to the identification and ecology of these birds, with detailed maps accompanying the text. A series of superb plates illustrate most of the 156 recognized taxa; supplemented by more than 250 colour photographs, the immature plumages and natural history of many species are depicted for the first time. This book is the ultimate reference on these remarkable and beautiful birds, and an indispensible addition to the libraries of researchers and birders for many years to come.

Ornithology, Evolution, and Philosophy

Ornithology, Evolution, and Philosophy Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jürgen Haffer
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 354071779X
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This book is the first detailed biography of Ernst Mayr. He was an ‘architect’ of the Synthetic Theory of Evolution, and the greatest evolutionary biologist since Charles Darwin, influential historian and philosopher of biology, outstanding taxonomist and ornithologist, and naturalist. He is one of the most widely known biologists of the 20th century. Mayr used the theories of natural selection and population thinking as theoretical models within the framework of historical biological studies. He was the first to emphasize the role of biopopulations, thereby pointing out the basic difference between ’population thinking’ and typological essentialism.