52 European Wildlife Weekends

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Author: James Lowen

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1784770833

Category: Travel

Page: 246

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This innovative new title from Bradt is the first of its type to focus specifically on the vast array of wildlife-watching opportunities found in Europe. Written by expert James Lowen, author of the best-selling 52 Wildlife Weekends: A Year of British Wildlife-Watching Breaks and award-winning A Summer of British Wildlife: 100 Great Days Out Watching Wildlife, this unique guide is packaged into 52 weekend-sized breaks highlighting the best of European wildlife including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, flora, butterflies, dragonflies and birds. We may think of snow-covered Antarctica, South American jungles or African savannahs as holding the world's most plenteous and special wildlife, yet Europe heaves with wildlife wonders year-round, many of which can be seen in a simple weekend break. This book suggests one wildlife-watching break, somewhere in Europe, for every weekend of the year. Want to see brown bears? Make for Finland or Slovenia. Fancy a crack at wolves? Hop on a flight to northern Spain or Italy's Abruzzo. If whales float your boat, a long weekend in Iceland, Ireland or the Bay of Biscay would suit. Orchid lovers can head to Corsica, Crete or the Costa del Sol in spring. Birdwatchers can flock to see migrating raptors in Gibraltar, great gatherings of cranes in central Spain, or vast flocks of seaduck in Arctic Norway. Then there's the wacky olm in Slovenia, cave salamanders in Sardinia and owl-flies in the Picos de Europa. Hungary's mayfly emergence is truly spectacular, as are Norway's musk oxen and Poland's bison. Stretching from the Arctic to its boundaries with Africa and Asia, Europe has enough exciting living creatures amid jaw-dropping landscapes to fill an entire lifetime of wildlife-watching. Ideal for both the experienced wildlife tourist and the novice and packed with stunning colour photos, Bradt's 52 European Wildlife Weekends shows when, where and how to see the most exciting wildlife, complete with inspiring itineraries, engaging descriptions, detailed directions and tips on how to find, identify and enjoy animals and plants. Each entry gives details on species of interest and the landscapes they inhabit, plus suggestions for extending your quick break into a longer visit. Winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers Adele Evans Award for Best Guidebook 2018.

52 Great Weekend Escapes in Northern California

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Author: Chris Becker

Publisher: Globe Pequot

ISBN: 9780762730872

Category: Travel

Page: 352

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Readers will find all kinds of escapes in Northern California, from hunting for waterfalls in Yosemite, horseback riding the Tamarak Basin, or gold panning in the California River to visiting the Coffee Creek Dude Ranch, escaping from Alcatraz, or relaxing at Nakoma Spa. Organized by season and by difficulty level, 52 Great Weekend Escapes in Northern California provides a year's worth of great short escapes for adventurers of every age, budget, and skill level.

52 Illinois Weekends

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Author: Bob Puhala

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781566260831

Category: Travel

Page: 226

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Spend a weekend following the footsteps of the Untouchables or eating the best ear of corn at a state farm fest.

52 New Jersey Weekends

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Author: Mitch Kaplan

Publisher: Country Roads Pr

ISBN: 9781566261265

Category: Travel

Page: 222

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A real western rodeo, a wilderness canoe adventure, a fall foilage cruise. These and 49 other travel adventures are the subject of this book.

RSPB Spotlight Hedgehogs

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Author: James Lowen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife

ISBN: 9781472950086

Category: Science

Page: 128

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Much loved . . . but about to be lost? The hedgehog was voted Britain's favorite animal in 2013, yet numbers in the British countryside have halved this century. Generations of children have been captivated by Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and Romans feted hedgehogs as weather prophets, yet many cultures routinely consume hedgehog meat for medicinal uses as varied as alleviating arthritis and arresting impotence. Unmistakably--and uniquely, in European terms--garbed in spines, this mammal is a "gardener's best friend". . . yet one upon which we are rarely lucky enough to clasp eyes. Hedgehogs have been legally persecuted for munching the eggs of rare birds, yet the recent appointment of Britain's first ever "hedgehog officer" was lauded by the national press. Familiar in appearance yet little known of lifestyle, the hedgehog is an ideal and iconic subject for Bloomsbury's RSPB Spotlight series. Hedgehogs will be a lively, readable, and decadently illustrated account of one of Britain's most loved but most vulnerable animals. Separate chapters bring into sharp focus the hedgehog's biology and lifestyle, from foraging and sociability to defending a territory and building a nest. The book reveals what a hedgehog is and how it lives, and how it fits into both the natural (and human) environment and the wider animal kingdom. Chapters explain how best to find, watch, and help wild hedgehogs, and how its frankly bizarre body is utterly fit for purpose. Finally, the book investigates the relationship between hedgehogs and people--from film and fun to conservation and chips.

State of Exchange

Migrant NGOs and the Chinese Government

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Author: Jennifer Y.J. Hsu

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 077483367X

Category: Political Science

Page: 207

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Non-governmental organizations have increased dramatically in China since the 1970s, despite operating in a restrictive authoritarian environment. With labour migrants moving to the cities en masse in search of higher wages and better standards of living, the central and local states now permit migrant NGOs to deliver community services to workers in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Engaging a new conceptual framework, Jennifer Hsu reveals how NGOs are interacting with the layers and spaces of the state and navigating a complex web of government bodies, lending stability to, and forming mutually beneficial relationships with, the state.

Antiquing Weekends

52 Excursions Across America

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Author: Gladys Montgomery

Publisher: Universe Pub

ISBN: 9780789313720

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 224

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The ultimate guide to shops, shows, museums, and places to stay.

Away for the Weekend

52 Great Getaways in Connecticut, and Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

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Author: Eleanor Berman

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: 9780609801697

Category: Travel

Page: 330

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In a revised and updated travel classic, travel writer Eleanor Berman once again offers 52 exciting and memorable New England mini-vacations, ranging from two to four days, arranged by season. From skiing to antiquing to beach-bumming to fall-foliage watching, there is something for all interests and ages. Maps.