Fastest Things on Wings
Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood
Paperback ISBN: 0544705378
A leading hummingbird-rehabilitation therapist describes her work with dozens of remarkable varieties, including one bird that collided with a limousine before learning how to fly again. 25,000 first printing.
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0316370894
A charming story of Mozart and his pet starling, along with a natural history of the bird. On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling who sang (an improved version of!) the theme from his Piano Concerto Number 17 in G to him. Knowing a kindred spirit when he met one, Mozart wrote "That was wonderful" in his journal and took the bird home to be his pet. For three years Mozart and his family enjoyed the uniquely delightful company of the starling until one fitful April when the bird passed away. In 2013, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet, rescued her own starling, Carmen, who has become a part of her family. In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely bond between one of history's most controversial characters and one of history's most notoriously disliked birds. Part natural history, part story, Mozart's Starlingwill delight readers as they learn about language, music, and the secret world of starlings. A charming story of Mozart and his pet starling, along with a natural history of the bird. On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling who sang (an improved version of!) the theme from his Piano Concerto Number 17 in G to him. Knowing a kindred spirit when he met one, Mozart wrote "That was wonderful" in his journal and took the bird home to be his pet. For three years Mozart and his family enjoyed the uniquely delightful company of the starling until one April morning when the bird passed away. In 2013, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet, rescued her own starling, Carmen, who has become a part of her family. In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely bond between one of history's most controversial characters and one of history's most notoriously disliked birds. Part natural history, part story, Mozart's Starlingwill delight readers as they learn about language, music, and the secret world of starlings.
Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America
Paperback ISBN: 0547905580
A first-of-its-kind guide to the sounds of Eastern North American birds teaches readers how to visualize sounds and features a revolutionary visual index that allows readers to quickly look up unfamiliar sounds in the field. Original. 10,000 first printing.
Mind of the Raven
Investigations and Adventures With Wolf-birds
Paperback ISBN: 0061136050
Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines, and in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis, we become their intimates too. Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey—from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic—offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling to read, at once lyrical and scientific.
The Bird Garden
Hardcover ISBN: 0789401398
Birds are the most visible and familiar form of wildlife, fascinating millions with their brilliant colors, varied songs, and entertaining behavior. By planting certain carefully selected trees and shrubs, you can create an attractive landscape that will encourage a wide variety of birds to visit your backyard, whether you have acres of land or just a small garden. The National Audubon Society's Bird Garden provides a fully illustrated guide to garden birds, and the plants that will attract them, all conveniently organized into five geographic regions. Here is complete information concerning the nest, the song, and the food preferences of 100 familiar garden birds. Descriptions and lists of more than 300 trees, shrubs, and other plants explain their growth habits and cultural preferences, their hardiness, and the birds that rely on them for food or cover. Birds are often attracted to the garden by nestboxes and platforms, feeders, dust baths, and water sources. These features are described and illustrated, with clear, concise directions for construction.
Bird Homes and Habitats
Paperback ISBN: 0618904468
"Two of the best-known names in birding--Peterson and Bird Watcher's Digest--team up to provide reliable, expert advice on how to attract the birds you want into your yard. Which birds use nest boxes? What's required to maintain a birdhouse? What kind of habitat will attract which birds? What does it take to be a bluebird trail operator? What does it mean if baby birds or eggs disappear from their nest? Bill Thompson III answers all of these questions and more, helping readers to create yards and gardens where birds will make their homes and raise their young. It's easy enough to hang a birdfeeder. But there are plenty of other things that can attract birds to a landscape--and, in fact, birds need four essentials: food, water, shelter, and a place to nest. The more of these elements a yard has, the more attractive it is to birds. A lavishly illustrated chapter provides ideas and inspiration for creating bird havens by profiling "Birdy Backyard All-Stars," fifteen homeowners from around the country who have actively worked to create bird-friendly habitats"--
Where Have All the Birds Gone?
Essays on the Biology and Conservation of Birds That Migrate to the American Tropics
Paperback ISBN: 0691024286
"Things are going wrong with our environment," writes John Terborgh, "even the parts of it that are nominally protected. If we wait until all the answers are in, we may find ourselves in a much worse predicament than if we had taken notice of the problem earlier. By waiting, one risks being too late; on the other hand, there can be no such thing as being too early." Terborgh's warnings are essential reading for all who care about migratory birds and our natural environment. Why are tropical migrant species disappearing from our forests? Can we save the birds that are left? Terborgh takes a more comprehensive view of migratory birds than is usual--by asking how they spend their lives during the half-year they reside in the tropics. By scrutinizing ill-planned urban and suburban development in the United States and the tropical deforestation of Central and South America, he summarizes our knowledge of the subtle combination of circumstances that is devastating our bird populations. This work is pervaded by Terborgh's love for the thrushes, warblers, vireos, cuckoos, flycatchers, and tanagers that inhabited his family's woodland acreage while he was growing upbirds that no longer live there, in spite of the preservation of those same woods as part of a county park. The book is a tour of topics as varied as ecological monitoring, the plight of the Chesapeake wetlands, the survival struggle of Central American subsistence farmers, and the management of commercial forests.
100 Common Bird Calls in East Africa
Paperback ISBN: 1775842517
Recognize birds by their calls with this handy package of CD and accompanying book. These will help identify the sounds made by a range of the most common and widely distributed East African bird species. Includes: CD features 100 bird calls; each species account features full-color photographs, a distribution map and information on habitat, behavior, feeding and nesting preferences, as well as a description of the call or song. Common bird names given in English and Swahili. This is the perfect starting point for those who wish to develop their knowledge of bird calls.