The Stories of John Cheever


Author: John Cheever
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307743985
Category: Fiction
Page: 704
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Winner of the Pulitzer Prize When The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. In the years since, it has become a classic. Vintage Books is proud to reintroduce this magnificent collection. Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called "the greatest generation." From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in "The Enormous Radio" to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" and "The Swimmer," Cheever tells us everything we need to know about "the pain and sweetness of life." From the Trade Paperback edition.

Common Birds and Their Songs


Author: Lang Elliott,Marie Read
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395912386
Category: Nature
Page: 127
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Describes the characteristics, behavior, habitat, and range of fifty birds, and includes recordings of their songs

Backyard Bird Song

Eastern and Central North America
Author: Richard K. Walton,Robert W. Lawson,Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780395712566
Category: Nature
Page: 32
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Features twenty-eight common species of eastern and central North American bird songs, grouped primarily by the acoustic similarity of the birds. Includes the sounds of three mammals whose vocalizations may be confused with those of birds.

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America


Author: Nathan Pieplow
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547905602
Category: Nature
Page: 512
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The first comprehensive guide to the sounds of eastern North American birds, featuring an innovative visual index that allows readers to quickly look up unfamiliar sounds in the field.​ Bird songs and calls are just as important as visual field marks in identifying birds. But until now, the only way to learn them was by memorization. With this groundbreaking book, it’s possible to visually distinguish bird sounds and identify birds using a field guide format. At the core of this guide is the spectrogram, a visual graph of sound. With a brief introduction to five key aspects—speed, repetition, pauses, pitch pattern, and tone quality—readers can learn to visualize sounds, without any musical training or auditory memorization. Picturing sounds makes it possible to search this book visually for a bird song heard in the field. The Sound Index groups similar songs together, narrowing the identification choices quickly to a brief list of birds that sound alike. Readers can then turn to the species account for more information and/or listen to the accompanying audio tracks available online, through Cornell's Lab of Ornithology. Identifying birds by sound is arguably the most challenging and important skill in birding. This book makes it vastly easier to master than ever before.

Stokes Field Guide to Birds

Eastern Region
Author: Donald Stokes,Lillian Stokes
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316818094
Category: Nature
Page: 496
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The easiest-to-use and most comprehensive field guide to North American birds-from the country's preeminent writers on birds and nature Drawing on more than twenty years' experience as bird and wildlife experts, Donald and Lillian Stokes have produced field guides that are factually, visually, and organizationally superior to any other books you can buy. You'll find: * All the identification information on a single page-color photographs, range map, and detailed description. No more fumbling to match photos with text! * For fast reference-a compact alphabetical index inside the front and back covers. * More than 900 high-resolution color identification photographs. * An illustrated Quick Guide to the most common backyard and feeder birds. * Convenient colored tabs keyed to each bird group. * Concise and comprehensive text, with information on habitat; plumage variation; feeding, nesting, and mating behavior; bird feeder proclivity; and-for the first time in any guide-population trends and conservation status.

Backyard Birds


Author: Jonathan P. Latimer,Karen Stray Nolting
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395922767
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, voices, and habitats of a variety of common birds, arranged by their color. Includes the Peterson System of identifying birds by their unique markings.

A Field Guide to Mexican Birds

Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador
Author: Roger Tory Peterson,Edward L. Chalif
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395975145
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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Describes the calls, range, and male and female markings of more than one thousand species

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America


Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547152462
Category: Nature
Page: 445
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Presents illustrations and detailed descriptions of the most common species of birds found in the eastern and central areas of North America, with advice on bird identification and maps indicating the range of each species.

The Backyard Birdsong Guide

Western North America
Author: Donald Kroodsma
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9780811863971
Category: Nature
Page: 192
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Get to know birds by ear with this engaging, one-of-a-kind book. Discover seventy-five unique species from Western North America as you enjoy their sounds at the touch of a button-reproduced in high quality on the attached digital audio module-while reading vivid descriptions of their songs, calls, and related behaviors. Learn how to pick out the wavering songs of a young Bewick's Wren, or find out why many songbirds have dialects that vary from region to region. Complete with up-to-date range maps and more than 130 sounds provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's world-renowned Macaulay Library, as well as exquisite illustrations of each species, The Backyard Birdsong Guide will resonate with beginners and experts alike.

Music of the Birds

A Celebration of Bird Song
Author: Lang Elliott
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618006977
Category: Nature
Page: 135
View: 1969

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Presents the songs and calls of more than seventy North American birds. Includes audio compact disc featuring songbird concerts and solos.

A Field Guide to the Mammals

North America North of Mexico
Author: William Henry Burt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395910986
Category: Nature
Page: 289
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Describes species with common and scientific names with detailed information

Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains

Second Edition
Author: Jon Farrar
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 160938072X
Category: Nature
Page: 266
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From the mixed-grass prairies of the Panhandle in the west, to the Sandhills prairie and mixed-grass prairies in central Nebraska, to the tallgrass prairies in the east, the state is home to hundreds of wildflower species, yet the primary guide to these flowers has been out of print for almost two decades. Now back in a second edition with updated nomenclature, refined plant descriptions, better photographs where improvements were called for, and a new design, Jon Farrar’s Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains, originally published by NEBRASKAland magazine and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is a visual treat and educational guide to some of the region’s showiest and most interesting wildflowers. Organizing species by color, Farrar provides scientific, common, and family names; time of flowering; distribution both for Nebraska specifically and for the Great Plains in general; and preferred habitat including soil type and plant community from roadsides to woodlands to grasslands. Descriptions of each species are succinct and accessible; Farrar packs a surprising amount of information into a compact space. For many species, he includes intriguing notes about edibility, medicinal uses by Native Americans and early pioneers, similar species and varieties, hybridization, and changes in status as plants become uncommon or endangered. Superb color photographs allow each of the 274 wildflowers to be easily identified and pen-and-ink illustrations provide additional details for many species. It is a joy to have this new edition riding along on car seats and in backpacks helping naturalists at all levels of expertise explore prairies, woodlands, and wetlands in search of those ever-changing splashes of color we call wildflowers.

Peterson First Guide to Birds of North America


Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395906668
Category: Nature
Page: 128
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This abridgment focuses on the North American birds most likely to be seen and features an informative introduction, and illustrated descriptions

The Warbler Guide


Author: Tom Stephenson,Scott Whittle
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400846862
Category: Nature
Page: 560
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Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. They exhibit an array of seasonal plumages and have distinctive yet oft-confused calls and songs. The Warbler Guide enables you to quickly identify any of the 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada. This groundbreaking guide features more than 1,000 stunning color photos, extensive species accounts with multiple viewing angles, and an entirely new system of vocalization analysis that helps you distinguish songs and calls. The Warbler Guide revolutionizes birdwatching, making warbler identification easier than ever before. For more information, please see the author videos on the Princeton University Press website. Covers all 56 species of warblers in the United States and Canada Visual quick finders help you identify warblers from any angle Song and call finders make identification easy using a few simple questions Uses sonograms to teach a new system of song identification that makes it easier to understand and hear differences between similar species Detailed species accounts show multiple views with diagnostic points, direct comparisons of plumage and vocalizations with similar species, and complete aging and sexing descriptions New aids to identification include song mnemonics and icons for undertail pattern, color impression, habitat, and behavior Includes field exercises, flight shots, general identification strategies, and quizzes A complete, page-by-page audio companion to all of the 1,000-plus songs and calls covered by the book is available for purchase and download from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library by using the link at www.TheWarblerGuide.com

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico


Author: Fiona Reid
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195343220
Category: Nature
Page: 346
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This is the only comprehensive guide to mammals in Central America and southeast Mexico. Unlike most field guides, it covers smaller mammals in depth and also provides and extensive bibliography. In addition to detailed species accounts and range maps for all species, the book has 52 full-color plates. The 49 animal plates cover almost all the species in the region. 4 color maps are new to the second edition, detailing parks, elevations and biomes in the region.

ORVIS Beginner's Guide to Birdwatching


Author: Alicia King
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
ISBN: 9781589233492
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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This book provides answers to the most-often asked questions ranging from what to wear to where to go and how to make the best use of your binoculars, field guide, and backyard birdfeeder. Bird watching, or ôbirdingö to enthusiasts, is something anyone can do. No longer strictly the domain of ornithologists or the scientifically inclined, bird watching can be enjoyed by people of almost any age or ability. Written by an ornithologist and experienced birder, and backed by the highly respected and widely recognized Orvis name and richly illustrated with stunning and instructional photographs, this book introduces beginners to the many wonders of birding. Packed with practical information, this book will help first-time bird watchers enjoy their new-found hobby right from the start, avoiding typical beginner mistakes and quickly joining the ranks of experienced birders. This book is created to instruct and inspire anyone who wants to learn more about the amazingly vast world of birding -- a hobby that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Unlike other guides that offer information that is too daunting, unwieldy, or obsolete to be much use to the novice, this book achieves the perfect balance between encouraging, instructing, and inspiring the true beginner. The book has 70 full-color photos. It is organized for ease of use and readability with sidebars, checklists, and quotes from renowned ornithologists and birders wherever possible and is formatted in the size and style of a field guide to make it the perfect take-along guidebook and handy reference.

The Fungal Pharmacy

The Complete Guide to Medicinal Mushrooms and Lichens of North America
Author: Robert Rogers
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583945954
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 608
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In The Fungal Pharmacy, noted herbalist Robert Rogers introduces readers to more than 300 species of medicinal mushrooms and lichens found in North America. These fungi, Rogers explains, have the capacity to heal both the body and, through the process of myco-remediation, the planet itself. Throughout the book, he documents their success in optimizing the immune system and treating a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and liver problems, blood sugar disorders, cancer, and obesity. Entries discuss the mushroom or lichen’s medicinal traits and properties, including active chemical components, preparation methods (including extracts, essences, and essential oils), and historical as well as modern-day usage. Two hundred full-color photos and thorough descriptions make identification easy for the reader. Rogers also delves into the cultural, religious, and literary significance of each mushroom, featuring fascinating tidbits about each one’s etymology and history.

Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion

A Comprehensive Resource for Identifying North American Birds
Author: Pete Dunne
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544135687
Category: Nature
Page: 736
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In this book, bursting with more information than any field guide could hold, the well-known author and birder Pete Dunne introduces readers to the "Cape May School of Birding." It's an approach to identification that gives equal or more weight to a bird's structure and shape and the observer's overall impression (often called GISS, for General Impression of Size and Shape) than to specific field marks. After determining the most likely possibilities by considering such factors as habitat and season, the birder uses characteristics such as size, shape, color, behavior, flight pattern, and vocalizations to identify a bird. The book provides an arsenal of additional hints and helpful clues to guide a birder when, even after a review of a field guide, the identification still hangs in the balance. This supplement to field guides shares the knowledge and skills that expert birders bring to identification challenges. Birding should be an enjoyable pursuit for beginners and experts alike, and Pete Dunne combines a unique playfulness with the work of identification. Readers will delight in his nicknames for birds, from the Grinning Loon and Clearly the Bathtub Duck to Bronx Petrel and Chicken Garnished with a Slice of Mango and a Dollop of Raspberry Sherbet.