Owl

A Year in the Life of North American Owls
Author: Paul Bannick
Publisher: Braided River
ISBN: 9781594858000
Category: Nature
Page: 208
View: 4076

Continue Reading →

In Owl, award-winning photographer Paul Bannick uses his intimate yet dramatic images to track four different nesting owl species--Northern Pygmy, Burrowing, Great Gray, and Snowy--throughout the course of one year and in four distinct habitats. Readers follow along at the nest as each stage in an owl's life is chronicled: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and learning independence in fall; and, finally, winter's migration, unusual irruptions, and the everyday struggle to survive.

The Eastern Screech Owl

Life History, Ecology, and Behavior in the Suburbs and Countryside
Author: Frederick R. Gehlbach
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 9781603441216
Category: Nature
Page: 302
View: 7406

Continue Reading →

The eastern screech owl, widespread over the eastern half of North America and noticeably tolerant of human activity, is one of America's most familiar birds. Residing naturally in wooded environs with tree cavities, this owl lives well in suburbia and can be found nesting in mailboxes, porch columns, and purple martin houses. Based on a twenty-five-year study, biologist Frederick R. Gehlbach tells the life story of the eastern screech owl, focusing on case studies of suburban and rural study plots in Central Texas. This is the first thorough study of major life-history, behavioral, and ecological features of the species. Indeed, it is the first concurrent, comparative study of an urban and a rural population of any New World animal. Told in a personal voice, the story of these birds will interest all who have not lost touch with their ancestral world. However, Gehlbach has also included quantitative data and analysis of interest to ecologists, wildlife biologists, and ornithologists. Photographs (including color shots of the gray and rufous phases), figures, and tables provide further detail. Gehlbach's investigations have been those of not only an academic ecologist, but a suburbanite curious about his natural surroundings. The result is a model of research on species population dynamics and adaptation, yielding an emerging picture of what the eastern screech owl needs for successful coexistence with human neighbors.

Sprechen wir über Eulen - und Diabetes


Author: David Sedaris
Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag
ISBN: 3641113253
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 3025

Continue Reading →

Der ganz normale Wahnsinn Wer behaupten wollte, David Sedaris schreibe und veröffentliche Tagebücher, um seinen Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen, müsste Michelangelo einen Anstreicher nennen. Niemand versteht es besser als Sedaris, Erlebtes in Lesbares zu verwandeln – seit seinem Debüt mit »Nackt« lässt er seine weltumspannende Fangemeinde daran teilhaben, wie er die schmerzlichste Erinnerung in subtile Komik und die banalste Begebenheit in zeitlose Weisheit kleidet. Er ist sein eigener Inquisitor und Hofnarr zugleich – „der herausragende Vertreter des Mein-Leben-als-David-Sedaris-Genres“ (BRIGITTE). In seinem neuesten Band mit absurden Alltagsgeschichten entführt uns Sedaris unter anderem in den australischen Busch, wo allerlei Getier verborgene Ängste und längst verdrängte Erfahrungen in ihm aufleben lässt; er erzählt von einer durchzechten Nacht mit wildfremden Alkoholikern im Zug von Chicago nach New York, weiht uns ein in die Geheimnisse der französischen Kieferchirurgie und in die Abgründe des britischen Handwerkertums, verrät uns und seinem präpotenten Patenkind, wie Tagebuchschreiben funktioniert und wozu es gut ist, und lehrt uns, Eulen zu verstehen. Es gibt kaum ein besseres Mittel gegen schlechte Laune als die Komik von David Sedaris – in 26 Geschichten und einem Gedicht macht er voller Scharfsinn aus den kleinen und großen Dramen des Lebens einen guten Witz.

Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America


Author: Donald S. Heintzelman
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813533506
Category: Nature
Page: 203
View: 9983

Continue Reading →

Describes the habitat, distribution, food sources, nesting cycle, behavior, and migration of hawks and owls found in the Eastern United States and Canada.

An Enchantment of Birds

Memories from a Birder's Life
Author: Richard Cannings
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd
ISBN: 1926685083
Category: Nature
Page: 208
View: 2191

Continue Reading →

In these delightful meditations, biologist and bird lover Richard Cannings weaves stories of his personal encounters with birds into fascinating descriptions of their behavior, anatomy, and evolution. He muses over the meadowlarks’ ability to hide their nests so completely that he has seen only two in a lifetime spent searching for them; the trumpeter swan, as picky as a two-year old, devouring potatoes and carrots but turning up its beak at Brussels sprouts; the northern gannet, with its snowy plumage, black wingtips, and startling blue eyes; the little saw-whet owl, which dabbles in bigamy and even trigamy; and more than two dozen other birds. Covering the entire continent, from the cacophony of a seabird colony on the shores of the Atlantic to a symphony of snow geese on the autumn plains to songbird courtship in the alpine tundra of the Rockies, An Enchantment of Birds informs and entertains, in one fell swoop.

Der lange Weg zur Freiheit

Autobiographie
Author: Nelson Mandela
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104031541
Category: History
Page: 864
View: 9318

Continue Reading →

»Ich bin einer von ungezählten Millionen, die durch Nelson Mandelas Leben inspiriert wurden.« Barack Obama Eine fast drei Jahrzehnte währende Gefängnishaft ließ Nelson Mandela zum Mythos der schwarzen Befreiungsbewegung werden. Kaum ein anderer Politiker unserer Zeit symbolisiert heute in solchem Maße die Friedenshoffnungen der Menschheit und den Gedanken der Aussöhnung aller Rassen wie der ehemalige südafrikanische Präsident und Friedensnobelpreisträger. Auch nach seinem Tod finden seine ungebrochene Charakterstärke und Menschenfreundlichkeit die Bewunderung aller friedenswilligen Menschen auf der Welt. Mandelas Lebensgeschichte ist über die politische Bedeutung hinaus ein spannend zu lesendes, kenntnis- und faktenreiches Dokument menschlicher Entwicklung unter Bedingungen und Fährnissen, vor denen die meisten Menschen innerlich wie äußerlich kapituliert haben dürften.

The Book of North American Owls


Author: Helen Roney Sattler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780395605240
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
View: 7348

Continue Reading →

Provides general information on the behavior of owls and specific information about the physical characteristics and behavior of the twenty-one North American species.

The Boreal Owl

Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation of a Forest-Dwelling Predator
Author: Erkki Korpimäki,Harri Hakkarainen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139576364
Category: Science
Page: N.A
View: 3454

Continue Reading →

Widespread in North American forest regions including the Rocky Mountains, the Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) was once the most numerous predatory bird in Eurasian boreal forests. Synthesising the results of unique long-term studies of Boreal Owls, this book explores hunting modes, habitats and foods, prey interactions, mating and parental care, reproduction, dispersal, survival and mortality, population regulation and conservation in boreal forests. Providing a detailed introduction to the species, the authors study the complex interactions of Boreal Owls with their prey species. They examine the inter-sexual tug-of-war over parental care, and the behavioural and demographic adaptations to environmental conditions that predictably and markedly fluctuate both seasonally and multi-annually. They also question whether Boreal Owls are able to time their reproductive effort to maximise lifetime reproductive success. Discussing the effect of modern forestry practices on owl populations, the book also examines how Boreal Owls could be managed to sustain viable populations.

The Animal Dialogues

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild
Author: Craig Childs
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316024333
Category: Nature
Page: 300
View: 5620

Continue Reading →

From one of the finest nature writers at work in America today-a lyrical, dramatic, illuminating tour of the hidden domain of wild animals. Whether recalling the experience of being chased through the Grand Canyon by a bighorn sheep, swimming with sharks off the coast of British Columbia, watching a peregrine falcon perform acrobatic stunts at 200 miles per hour, or engaging in a tense face-off with a mountain lion near a desert waterhole, Craig Childs captures the moment so vividly that he puts the reader in his boots. Each of the forty brief, compelling narratives in THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES focuses on the author's own encounter with a particular species and is replete with astonishing facts about the species' behavior, habitat, breeding, and lifespan. But the glory of each essay lies in Childs's ability to portray the sometimes brutal beauty of the wilderness, to capture the individual essence of wild creatures, to transport the reader beyond the human realm and deep inside the animal kingdom

Great Lakes Nature

An Outdoor Year
Author: Mary Blocksma
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472089826
Category: Nature
Page: 342
View: 8274

Continue Reading →

One woman's journey of discovery through the often-overlooked wonders of nature all around us

The Big Year

A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
Author: Mark Obmascik
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439107459
Category: Nature
Page: 288
View: 3213

Continue Reading →

Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year -- a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record. In frenetic pilgrimages for once-in-a-lifetime rarities that can make or break their lead, the birders race each other from Del Rio, Texas, in search of the rufous-capped warbler, to Gibsons, British Columbia, on a quest for Xantus's hummingbird, to Cape May, New Jersey, seeking the offshore great skua. Bouncing from coast to coast on their potholed road to glory, they brave broiling deserts, roiling oceans, bug-infested swamps, a charge by a disgruntled mountain lion, and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man. The unprecedented year of beat-the-clock adventures ultimately leads one man to a new record -- one so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested...finding and identifying an extraordinary 745 different species by official year-end count. Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a rollicking, dazzling narrative of the 275,000-mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to the finish to claim the title in the greatest -- or maybe the worst -- birding contest of all time. With an engaging, unflappably wry humor, Obmascik memorializes their wild and crazy exploits and, along the way, interweaves an entertaining smattering of science about birds and their own strange behavior with a brief history of other bird-men and -women; turns out even Audubon pushed himself beyond the brink when he was chasing and painting the birds of America. A captivating tour of human and avian nature, passion and paranoia, honor and deceit, fear and loathing, The Big Year shows the lengths to which people will go to pursue their dreams, to conquer and categorize -- no matter how low the stakes. This is a lark of a read for anyone with birds on the brain -- or not.

Birds of Texas

A Falcon Field Guide
Author: Todd Telander
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762785659
Category: Nature
Page: 104
View: 9704

Continue Reading →

Each Falcon Field Guide to birds introduces the 180 most common and sought-after species in a state. Conveniently sized to fit in your pocket and featuring full-color, detailed illustrations, these informative guides make it easy to identify birds in a backyard, favorite parks, and wildlife areas. Each bird is accompanied by a detailed listing of its prominent attributes and a color illustration showing its important features. Birds are organized in taxonomic order, keeping families of birds together for easy identification. This is the essential source for the field, both informative and beautiful to peruse.

Die Legende der Wächter 12: Der Zauber


Author: Kathryn Lasky
Publisher: Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH
ISBN: 347347519X
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 192
View: 6660

Continue Reading →

Die Wächter von Ga'Hoole feiern ihren Sieg über den finsteren Lord Arrin und bejubeln Coryn, den neuen König im Großen Baum. Dabei hat der junge Eulerich überhaupt keine Lust, mit seinen Untertanen die Tanzkralle zu schwingen. Ihn plagt eine düstere Ahnung: Die Hägsmagie, ein böser Zauber aus uralter Zeit, ist nicht ausgelöscht. Ganz im Gegenteil - eine gewisse Eule, deren Name nur mit Schaudern gekrächzt wird, könnte diese zerstörerische Macht aufs Neue entfesseln ... Band 12 der mitreißenden Erfolgsserie "Legende der Wächter" von Kathryn Lasky

Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book Four


Author: Christian Liberty Press
Publisher: Christian Liberty Press
ISBN: 9781930092549
Category: Education
Page: 198
View: 5798

Continue Reading →

This book provides supplemental reading for students who want to learn more about animals. Interesting illustrations and helpful chapter comprehension questions are included with this reader. Grade 4.

The Biggest Twitch

Around the World in 4,000 Birds
Author: Alan Davies,Ruth Miller
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408123878
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 2701

Continue Reading →

Around the world in 4,000 birds.

Birds of California

A Falcon Field Guide
Author: Todd Telander
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762776226
Category: Nature
Page: 104
View: 5562

Continue Reading →

This informative guide makes it easy to identify birds in your backyard, favorite parks, and wildlife areas.