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ISBN#9781426209642
BIB ID#1594061
Call# 598.0723 B

Bird-watcher's bible

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Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2012.
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Summary/Annotation ->  "This book is a treasure trove of colorful paintings and photographs, interesting sidebars, top-ten lists... worth its considerable price for the artwork alone.nbsp;A browser's delight... This book should have wide appeal for all birders and bird enthusiasts. Highly recommended." nbsp;- Library Journal A lighthearted and broadly cultural and visual approach to learning everything there is to know about birds, bird-watching, birds in history and the arts, and life on the wing. Short narrative pieces are interspersed with sidebars, quotes, top-ten lists, and how-to instructions. Illustrated with photographs, contemporary and archival art, maps, and diagrams, the book has lots of cross-references and riches to find on every page. Chapters include: I. The Birds in your World A lively introduction featuring the joys of birds and bird-watching, how birds are everywhere you look, why people enjoy and appreciate them, why they are so amazing and so beloved, and why they have been important to every culture throughout history. II. The Anatomy of a Bird A lyrical dissection of the parts of a bird, including digressions on feathers, color, beaks, wings, talons. Size and shape variations and how they respond to environment and evolution. What birds eat and how they eat it. III. Birds Through the Ages Birds in ancient and native cultures. Bird myths, legends, and superstitions. Bird gods and goddesses. Famous birds in history such as Caesar's death foretold, St. Francis's Sermon to the Birds, Poe's Raven, Mao Tse Tung's sparrow campaign. Birds as pets, birds as hunting aids, birds as food. IV. The Life of a Bird The life cycle of birds, starting with mating behaviors of all sorts of species. Nesting behaviors. Varieties of nests, varieties of eggs. V. Science Discovers the Bird Early ornithologists. Catesby, Darwin, Audubon, Peterson. Famous bird artists. Famous bird quests. Bird evolution: birds and dinosaurs. VI. Birds on the Wing Flight and how it works. Migration -- how, why, when, where. Maps and amazing facts about bird migrations. VII. To Be a Birder Basics including bird-watching, bird taxonomy, how to use a field guide. Simple bird-watching rules of thumb. Where to go, when to go. Equipment needed. Keeping a life list. VIII. Bringing the Birds Back Home Attraction and conservation. Birdhouses, bird feeders, bird baths, bird seed choices, protecting birds from predator animals in your neighborhood. National and international conservation efforts. The future of birds.

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Central Adult Non-Fiction598.0723 BAdult Hard Cover0228546027803Available

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