Bird by Bird

Some Instructions on Writing and Life


Author: Anne Lamott

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307424983

Category: Reference

Page: 272

View: 7110

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

Bird-by-Bird Gardening


Author: Sally Roth

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781594866203

Category: Bird attracting

Page: 392

View: 1524

Describes nineteen different bird families with advice on ways to attract each family with nesting sights, shrub cover, and a variety of specific plant suggestions.

Backyard Birds and Bird Feeding

100 Things to Know


Author: Sandy Allison

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811734318

Category: Nature

Page: 69

View: 5156

February is National Bird Feeding Month. Attracting birds to the backyard and observing their lives in the wild has become one of our most popular activities. Join in the fun with this enlightening introduction. What food and feeders work best, what features attract birds, preventing problems, fascinating bird behaviors, getting started as a birder, all are covered here. Expert information in a fun-to-read format.

What makes a bird a bird?


Author: May Garelick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780590757591

Category: Birds

Page: 32

View: 1752

What makes a bird a unique creature is not singing or flying, nest-building or egg-laying, but having something no other animal has--feathers.

The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Alberta


Author: Federation of Alberta Naturalists

Publisher: Nature Alberta

ISBN: 9780969613404

Category: Birds

Page: 391

View: 7265

This collection of maps of distribution of breeding birds in Alberta is arranged by order and family. Each map shows evidence of nesting (confirmed, probable, possible, observed) with description and illustration of the bird. Extensive bibliography, index of bird names in English, Latin and French, and list of migrants.

The Bird Book

Alma's Story


Author: Patsy Levang

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1493157000

Category: Nature

Page: 56

View: 1023

There was only the bird book to tell her story. She left it as unfinished as her life seemed to be. The question of who she was led me to begin searching for the answers. Years ago I should have started searching while she was still alive; however, I did not really know about her until it was too late. I refused to have her life and legacy forgotten, and yet I was so slow in acting. I suppose there are those who would say that I should not invade the territory of one who is already gone. However, it has always been in me to find out the answers, and so for that reason, Alma’s story must be told. She left her story in phrases she composed. She left her story in the pieces of artwork she created. She left her story in the memories of those who knew her.

The Inner Bird

Anatomy and Evolution


Author: Gary W. Kaiser

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774859814

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 5365

Birds are among the most successful vertebrates on Earth. An important part of our natural environment and deeply embedded in our culture, birds are studied by more professional ornithologists and enjoyed by more amateur enthusiasts than ever before. However, both amateurs and professionals typically focus on birds' behaviour and appearance and only superficially understand the characteristics that make birds so unique. The Inner Bird introduces readers to the avian skeleton, then moves beyond anatomy to discuss the relationships between birds and dinosaurs and other early ancestors. Gary Kaiser examines the challenges scientists face in understanding avian evolution - even recent advances in biomolecular genetics have failed to provide a clear evolutionary story. Using examples from recently discovered fossils of birds and near-birds, Kaiser describes an avian history based on the gradual abandonment of dinosaur-like characteristics, and the related acquisition of avian characteristics such as sophisticated flight techniques and the production of large eggs. Such developments have enabled modern birds to invade the oceans and to exploit habitats that excluded dinosaurs for millions of years. While ornithology is a complex discipline that draws on many fields, it is nevertheless burdened with obsolete assumptions and archaic terminology. The Inner Bird offers modern interpretations for some of those ideas and links them to more current research. It should help anyone interested in birds to bridge the gap between long-dead fossils and the challenges faced by living species.

Pete Dunne on Bird Watching

The How-to, Where-to, and When-to of Birding


Author: Pete Dunne

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780395906866

Category: Nature

Page: 334

View: 7313

The noted bird expert provides an authoritative introduction to the world of birding, outlining the tools and techniques of birdwatching, ten simple keys to bird identification, the art of birding by sound and by scope, how to locate difficult to find birds, and more. Original.

Bird Conservation

Global evidence for the effects of interventions


Author: David R. Williams,Robert G. Pople,David A. Showler

Publisher: Pelagic Publishing

ISBN: 1907807217

Category: Science

Page: 575

View: 4116

This book brings together scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of wild birds. The authors worked with an international group of bird experts and conservationists to develop a global list of interventions that could benefit wild birds. For each intervention, the book summarises studies captured by the Conservation Evidence project, where that intervention has been tested and its effects on birds quantified. The result is a thorough guide to what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of bird conservation actions throughout the world. The preparation of this synopsis was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and Arcadia.

1001 Questions Answered about Birds


Author: Allan D. Cruickshank,Helen Gere Cruickshank

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486233154

Category: Nature

Page: 291

View: 7319

Presents a wealth of information on the characteristics, habits, and habitats of birds