Description : What is it that draws us to birds in all their magnificent diversity of color, song, size, and ability? Civilizations ancient and modern have been spellbound by birds' ability to fly, the beauty and complexity of their sounds, and the sheer volume and presence of birds on every continent. Birds are a key component of the global economy. Bird-watching and eco-tourism are increasingly profitable industries, and egg and meat production provides the world with its single largest source of animal protein. Birds in Our Lives: Dwelling in an Avian World is an introductory text in avian biology, which offers a unique approach addressing not only scientific content, but recognizing the economic and social importance of many avian species. Birds in Our Lives begins with an examination of the evolution of birds. Subsequent chapters address issues in international trade, flight, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and reproduction. The second half of the text is devoted to specific species including parrots, raptors, pigeons and doves, ratites like emus and cassowaries, Galliformes like pheasants, turkeys and jungle fowl, and waterfowl. The final chapter addresses opportunities for helping bird populations whether as a land owner, consumer, or concerned citizen. Birds in Our Lives is an excellent text for introductory through junior level avian biology courses. It will also be of interest to anyone choosing a bird as a pet, as well as those involved in hobbies such as falconry and pigeon-racing.
Description : For nearly a quarter of a century, John and Gloria Tveten wrote a weekly column, called “Nature Trails,” for the Houston Chronicle. Wide ranging in both subject matter and geography, their writings reflected a rewarding life of travel, study, and observation in nature, including many memorable encounters with birds. Through the Tvetens’ engaging accounts, readers travel vicariously to canoe a Minnesota lake alongside common loons, experience the rare thrill of sighting a snowy owl on a boat dock in Louisiana, count a record number of birds on the Texas coast, or spot tropical tanagers in a Brazilian rainforest. Now gathered together in Our Life with Birds, these writings let us sit back and enjoy the best of John and Gloria Tveten as they tell about the fun of listing, banding, and other games birders play; about the behavior, variety, and beauty of birds; about the imperiled as well as the favored species; and about the simple joy to be had in living with birds.
Description : What draws us to the beauty of a peacock, the flight of an eagle, or the song of a nightingale? Why are birds so significant in our lives and our sense of the world? And what do our ways of thinking about and experiencing birds tell us about ourselves? Birdscapes is a unique meditation on the variety of human responses to birds, from antiquity to today, and from casual observers to the globe-trotting "twitchers" who sometimes risk life, limb, and marriages simply to add new species to their "life lists." Drawing extensively on literature, history, philosophy, and science, Jeremy Mynott puts his own experiences as a birdwatcher in a rich cultural context. His sources range from the familiar--Thoreau, Keats, Darwin, and Audubon--to the unexpected--Benjamin Franklin, Giacomo Puccini, Oscar Wilde, and Monty Python. Just as unusual are the extensive illustrations, which explore our perceptions and representations of birds through images such as national emblems, women's hats, professional sports logos, and a Christmas biscuit tin, as well as classics of bird art. Each chapter takes up a new theme--from rarity, beauty, and sound to conservation, naming, and symbolism--and is set in a new place, as Mynott travels from his "home patch" in Suffolk, England, to his "away patch" in New York City's Central Park, as well as to Russia, Australia, and Greece. Conversational, playful, and witty, Birdscapes gently leads us to reflect on large questions about our relation to birds and the natural world. It encourages birders to see their pursuits in a broader human context--and it shows nonbirders what they may be missing.
Description : Poetry. "Stanley Kunitz once said, 'I dream of an art so transparent that you can look through and see the world.' For thirty-five years or more, this is how I have read the poetry of C. G. Hanzlicek. His project has always been one of clarity, of specific and imaginative attention to the world. He presents—with a flawless ear for the rhythms of American speech—the essential light and understanding he gleans from that careful attention. THE LIVES OF BIRDS takes up his important theme of mortality and at the same time reveals his great affection for life—the lives of his family, as well as the smaller examples of jays and mockers. The brilliance of this book, its importance, is that Hanzlicek's eye and imagination cherish the tenuous connection of all our lives with the sustaining music of the soul."—Christopher Buckley
Description : A lively, highly accessible, generously illustrated volume that will evoke a sense of wonder at what birds do. Features awe-inspiring descriptions of the behavior of hundreds of bird species from around the globe. Beginning with their entry into the world by hatching, the book follows the lives of birds through every stage, including feeding, nesting, and learning to fly; how and why they sing; their quest for territory, migration, courtship, and mating; and other fascinating behaviors. More important, it discusses the delicate ecological connection between birds and humans, and why our understanding of their behavior is crucial to our future and survival. Color and B&W draw.
Description : A natural history of birds provides information on more than nine hundred species of birds, including what they eat, where they build their nests, how many eggs they lay, what habitat they choose, when they migrate, and their current conservation status.
Description : This book explains how animals shape our lives and our health, providing evidence that a "One Health" approach is the only logical methodology for advancing human health in the future. • Contains illustrations and photographs to accompany the text • Includes a bibliography with most chapters • Features a sidebar in each chapter that presents interesting facts not found elsewhere in the chapter • Serves as a ready reference for pet owners as well as a text for high school and college students focused on animal science and health, public health, veterinary medicine, biology, microbiology, and virology