Category: Nature

  • One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives

    The acclaimed scientist's encounters with individual wild birds, yielding “marvelous, mind-altering” (Los Angeles Times) insights and discoveries

    In his sleek classics One Man’s Owl and Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich has written memorably approximately his relationships with wild ravens and a very good horned owl. 
      
    In One Wild chicken at a Time, Heinrich returns to his nice love: shut, day by day observations of individual wild birds. There are numerous books on fowl habit, but Heinrich argues that essentially the most striking chook behaviors fall under the radar of what such a lot birds do in aggregate. Heinrich’s “passionate observations [that] beautifully combine memoir and technology” (New York instances publication Review) lead to attention-grabbing questions — and infrequently startling discoveries. a very good crested flycatcher, whereas bringing foodstuff to the younger of their nest, is attacked by way of the opposite flycatcher close by. Why? A pair of Northern sparkles hammering their nest-hole into the part of Heinrich’s cabin bring the chance to monitor the feeding festival among siblings, and to make a comparable discovery approximately nest-cleaning. considered one of a seize of redstart warbler infants fledges out of the nest from twenty ft above the floor, and lands at the grass less than. It can’t fly. what's going to ensue next? 
      
    Heinrich “looks heavily, together with his trademark ‘hands-and-knees technological know-how’ at its most attractive, [delivering] what can merely be known as mental marvels of figuring out” (Boston Globe). 
      
    An eminent biologist stocks the fun of bird-watching and the way staring at the anomalous behaviors of person birds has guided his research.
     
    Heinrich (Emeritus, Biology/Univ. of Vermont; The Homing intuition: that means and secret in Animal Migration, 2014, etc.) easily describes how learning the day-by-day lives of birds of their common environments permits him to event their international vicariously. Now retired and dwelling in a cabin within the Maine woods, he devotes himself to heavily gazing “his avian associates, viewers, and vagrants, and keep[ing] day-by-day files all through spring, summer time, fall, and winter.” each year, he welcomes a couple of broad-wing hawks who ceremonial dinner at a vernal pond populated by means of frogs, spring peepers, and salamanders whereas refurbishing their outdated nest. surprisingly, they supply a fern conceal at the nest, which they replace every day after their chicks hatch. Heinrich additionally contains anecdotes from an past time while he nonetheless lived in Vermont. woke up one morning by means of the loud drumming of a male woodpecker on a close-by apple tree, the writer questioned if probably he was once trying to allure a feminine. strangely, while a feminine used to be interested in the sound, he stopped drumming and flew away. a similar habit used to be repeated day after today. The author’s observations led him to finish that the bird's drumming was once now not a part of a mating ritual yet quite a loud commercial of his nest-building talents. Vireos nesting close to his cabin allowed him to watch how they intentionally lowered the variety of eggs they have been hatching to house the lowered nutrition offer after an unseasonal freeze. Heinrich explains that bird-watching has been a major a part of his lifestyles in view that he used to be a boy on his family's farm. whilst he used to be 6, they moved from Germany to Maine. discovering ordinary birds nesting “immediately made this position our home,” he writes.
     
    an enticing memoir of the possibilities for doing clinical examine with no leaving one's personal yard. (Kirkus)
     
     
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  • Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other Ways to Start the Day

    By Diane Ackerman

    "It's effortless to stay within the second if you end up immersed in Ackerman's wonderful prose."―Washington Post

    In an eye-opening series of private meditations throughout the cycle of seasons, one among our so much celebrated storyteller-poet-naturalists awakens us to the realm at sunrise. Diane Ackerman attracts from assets as diversified as meteorology, global faith, etymology, artwork historical past, and poetry that allows you to rejoice that second during which the private arcades of lifestyles and topic come into sight. From spring in Ithaca, big apple, to iciness in Palm seashore, Florida, Dawn Light is an impassioned name to experience our numbered days on a turning earth. A Los Angeles Times favourite e-book, Booklist Editors selection Award, Spirituality and perform better of 2009, Library Corner better of checklist, and San Francisco Chronicle top e-book of 2009. eight pages four-color illustrations
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  • Salmon (Animal)

    Every 12 months, wild salmon go back and forth countless numbers of miles upstream. they try fierce river currents, bounce over rocks and small waterfalls, and die via the hundreds of thousands of hunger, sickness, and publicity to chilly. whether they surmount those stumbling blocks, the fish chance changing into dinner for hungry predators like bears, birds, and people. Guided by way of a prepared experience of scent, the survivors commute to their unique hatching grounds, the place they breed, spawn, and quick die.

    Salmon unearths this notable existence cycle to be simply a part of the bigger tale of those attention-grabbing fish. The cultural lifetime of salmon, Peter Coates explains, is wealthy with myths approximately “the king of fish,” from lands as varied as Nova Scotia, Norway, Korea, and California. Coates’s heritage information the salmon’s loved symbolic which means in addition to its present prestige because the ignoble fabricated from fish hatcheries. Encompassing evolutionary, ecological, and cultural views, Salmon is the best booklet for someone who has ever eaten or attempted to trap this delightful—and delectable—fish. 

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  • No Wonder You Wonder!: Great Inventions and Scientific Mysteries

    This publication explores and explains medical mysteries and rules, leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor and an abundance of illustrations. Chapters are brief, yet supply an knowing of know-how and technological know-how no longer on hand in different places. Questions include:

    • What holds a satellite tv for pc up whereas it is going round the Earth?

    • Why is the sky (made out of transparent air!) blue rather than eco-friendly, or simply black as evening just like the sky that prime altitude jumper Felix Baumgartner saw?

    • How is laser mild various from “normal” light?

    • Did Columbus fairly observe that the Earth is round?

    • Which one invention will usually continue to exist our civilization?

    • Why can’t you trip again in time? 

    If you frequently think embarrassed since you don’t have a clue approximately lasers, the variation among volts, amps and watts, or how jet planes quite paintings – yet you need to comprehend the actual ideas of our sleek international, even if you’re a youngster or a mother or father – this e-book is for you!

    To comprehend the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, or of protons, neutrons and electrons, you don’t want algebra, calculus,

    or loads of equations or technical buzzwords. Too many folks were soured on technology by way of technological know-how lecturers who've made uncomplicated suggestions appear complicated. This publication is the antidote: all it calls for is your curiosity. 

    Advance compliment for No ask yourself You Wonder!: 

    “From commencing to finish, and with snicker after snigger, I loved each be aware of this outstanding publication. Phipps is a hell of an exceptional author, and the type of physics instructor that i might have enjoyed as a tender scholar. No ask yourself You ask yourself should be engrossing for an individual with somewhat interest, not only the medical minded.” – Christophe Bonnal, leader Engineer, CNES (French house Agency) 

    “No ask yourself You ask yourself is a fa

    ntastic booklet. overlaying subject matters comparable to house, subject, and the strength in the universe, this booklet does a very good activity of clarifying those subject matters. it is a nice learn for younger scientists and aspiring physicists.” – August R., highschool freshman

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  • Books and Naturalists (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 112)

    By David Elliston Allen

    Common background, possibly greater than the other pursuit or research, has constantly relied seriously on books. with out their simple functionality of allowing different types of animals and crops to be defined in sufficient element, the topic may perhaps by no means have come into being and long gone directly to thrive because it does this present day. In showing nature's vibrant variety, books have motivated makes an attempt to catch the wonders of the flora and fauna with the pencil or in paint. they've got challenged their readers to find and checklist what the nation-state has to provide, and so they have enabled naturalists to show to unknown fellow spirits the excitements of 'the chase' and of unforeseen discoveries. during this most up-to-date ebook within the highly-acclaimed New Naturalist sequence, David Elliston Allen explores the customarily complex ways that books at the natural world of those islands were released over the years, from the earliest days of printing via to the period of the computerised distribution atlas and the enormous multinational compendium. tricky to unfastened from marketplace constraints, booklet in booklet shape may have remained an elusive target for all too many naturalists yet for the typical trickle of person publishers who've shared their have fun with the topic and leant over backwards to aid it. the $64000 position performed by means of those allies, the vibrant backgrounds of a number of the authors and the occasionally fraught courting among the companions in a method during which the goals of industrial and studying don't inevitably coincide are one of the topics woven jointly right into a attention-grabbing account, which additionally breaks new flooring.
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  • The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars

    By Christopher Cokinos

    During this acclaimed quantity, prizewinning poet and nature author Christopher Cokinos takes us on an epic trip from Antarctica to outer area, weaving jointly typical heritage, memoir, and in-depth profiles of novice researchers, rogue scientists, and stargazing dreamers to inform the riveting story of ways the examine of meteorites turned a latest technological know-how.
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  • The Genius of Birds

    By Jennifer Ackerman

    Birds are astonishingly clever creatures. in truth, in line with progressive new learn, a few birds rival primates or even people of their outstanding types of intelligence.  Like people, many birds have huge, immense brains relative to their measurement. even though small, chook brains are filled with neurons that let them to punch good above their weight.

    In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed writer Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly came upon brilliance of birds and the way it took place. As she travels around the globe to the main state-of-the-art frontiers of analysis— the far away laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the good tit groups of the uk and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after typhoon Sandy and the warming mountains of critical Virginia and the western states—Ackerman not just tells the tale of the lately exposed genius of birds but in addition delves deeply into the newest findings in regards to the poultry mind itself which are revolutionizing our view of what it ability to be intelligent.

    Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark’s nutcracker, a fowl which can conceal as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of sq. miles and consider the place it placed them a number of months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that could shop two hundred to 2,000 various songs in a mind 1000 occasions smaller than ours; the well known pigeon, which is familiar with the place it’s going, even millions of miles from generic territory; and the hot Caledonian crow, a powerful chicken that makes its personal tools.

    yet past highlighting how birds use their distinctive genius in technical methods, Ackerman issues out the striking social smarts of birds. They lie to and control. They eavesdrop. They reveal a robust feel of equity. they offer presents. They play keep-away and tug-of-war. They tease. They proportion. They domesticate social networks. They vie for prestige. They kiss to console each other. They train their younger. They blackmail their mom and dad. They alert each other to possibility. They summon witnesses to the dying of a peer. they could even grieve.

    This dependent medical research and travelogue weaves own anecdotes with attention-grabbing technological know-how. Ackerman offers a unprecedented tale that might either supply readers a brand new appreciation for the phenomenal abilities of birds and allow them to notice what birds can demonstrate approximately our altering international. particularly informative and fantastically written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of those spectacular and fiercely clever creatures.
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