Category Archives: Nature

Download E-books Birdwatching With Your Eyes Closed: an introduction to birdsong PDF

By Simon Barnes

Studying birdsong is not only how to turn into a greater bird-spotter. it's tuning in: a fashion of listening to the soundtrack of the planet earth... Why do birds sing? What are they attempting to say? Birdsong is not only approximately usual background. it's also approximately our heritage. We acquired melody from the birds as we acquired rhythm from the womb. Birds are our song: they educate us to precise emotion and wonder in sound. the 1st tools ever made have been bird-flutes. This important publication - with a unfastened podcast - takes you from iciness into inner most spring, instructing you to how understand music after track because the refrain swells. you begin with robin, and prove hearing nightingales. alongside the way in which, you are going to examine whatever of the technology of birdsong - the variation among music and contact, the body structure of songbirds, what birdsong tells us approximately evolution, and certainly the very beginnings of existence itself. the purpose is to offer you a flying begin in birdsong in order that, after examining this ebook, you can be hearing order, now not chaos, to Bach, now not white noise. you'll be extra conscious of the wild international, and higher capable of comprehend it.

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Download E-books Deer (Animal) PDF

By John Fletcher

The Celts referred to as them “fairy livestock” and the Greeks linked them with the hunter goddess Artemis, yet for many buyers, deer are obvious as lovely, like Bambi, or noble, just like the Monarch of the Glen. they could be a probability while we are riding at evening, or they could easily be a delectable venison burger. yet whereas we won't usually consume humble pie—an real pie jam-packed with deer organs—deer nonetheless seem in faith and mythology, on coats of fingers, in high quality artwork, and in literature starting from The Yearling to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. In Deer, veterinarian and deer farmer John Fletcher brings jointly the cultural and typical heritage of those dignified animals.
 
Fletcher strains the evolution of deer, explaining why deer develop and forged apart their antlers every year and describing their symbolism in a number of cultures all through heritage. He divulges the real tale of Rudolph and Santa’s different reindeer and explores the position deer have performed as prized items of the quest in Europe, Asia, and the US. Wide-ranging and richly illustrated, Deer presents a clean standpoint in this swish, robust animal that would attract hunters and gatherers alike.

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Download E-books The Natural History of Orkney (Collins New Naturalist) PDF

By R. J. Berry

The Orkney Islands are a unique position, by way of either their common historical past and their human population. Their wealthy coastal habitats host major seabird colonies and marine groups. Their place off the north coast of Scotland presents a massive landfall for migratory birds. In human phrases, conventional existence of fishing and crafting vie with smooth industries, reminiscent of oil, resulting in conflicts of either human and natural world conservation dimensions. This publication paints a wide photo of the average and artifical environments.

Key Features
* comprises eighty colour photographs
* provides an entire account of the common heritage of Orkney
* Appeals to informal readers in addition to to experts

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Download E-books An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere PDF

By Gabrielle Walker

We don’t simply reside within the air; we are living as a result of it. It’s the main remarkable substance on the earth, liable for our meals, our climate, our water, and our skill to listen to. during this exuberant e-book, talented technological know-how author Gabrielle Walker peels again the layers of our surroundings with the tales of the folk who exposed its secrets:

• A flamboyant Renaissance Italian discovers how heavy our air fairly is: The air filling Carnegie corridor, for instance, weighs seventy thousand kilos.

• A one-eyed barnstorming pilot reveals a suite of winds that consistently blow 5 miles above our heads.

• An impoverished American farmer figures out why hurricanes stream in a circle by means of carving equations along with his pitchfork on a barn door.

• A well-meaning inventor approximately destroys the ozone layer.

• A reclusive mathematical genius predicts, thirty years prior to he’s proved correct, that the sky includes a layer of floating steel fed by way of the gleaming tails of capturing stars.

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Download E-books Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans PDF

Stan Coren’s groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich’s vintage Mind of the Raven during this excellent, superbly illustrated examine the uncanny intelligence and feelings of crows.

Playful, social, and passionate, crows have brains which are large for his or her physique dimension, which permits them to imagine, plan, and re-examine their activities. in addition they express an avian form of eloquence, mate for all times, and go along with family and acquaintances for years. And to those who take care of them and feed them, they generally provide oddly touching presents in go back.

The ongoing connection among people and crows—a cultural coevolution—has formed either species for thousands of years. Scientist John Marzluff groups up with artist-naturalist Tony Angell to inform striking tales of those awesome birds. With Marzluff’s remarkable unique study at the intelligence and startling talents of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—Angell’s attractive line drawings, and a full of life joint narrative, the authors supply an in-depth examine those advanced creatures and the features and behaviors we proportion, together with language, delinquency, frolic, ardour, wrath, danger taking, and information. Crows assemble round their lifeless, warn of forthcoming doom, realize humans, dedicate homicide of alternative crows, entice animals to their demise, swill espresso and drink beer, layout and use tools—including vehicles as nutcrackers—and windsurf and sled to play.

With its abundance of humorous, awe-inspiring, and poignant tales, Gifts of the Crow portrays creatures who're not anything in need of awesome.

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Download E-books Farming and Wildlife (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 67) PDF

By Kenneth Mellanby

Farming and flora and fauna argues forcefully that wild species are, in truth, useful to the land as an entire: with no them its productiveness will fall and farming will necessarily undergo. This version is unique to newnaturalists.com Farming and natural world impact one another in lots of, usually refined, methods. but newest advancements in farming were destructive to wild crops and animals. because the land is made to yield extra, so infrequent species develop into rarer or extinct, or even universal ones are actually absent from huge components of the rustic. This well timed and provocative ebook argues forcefully that wild species are, actually, useful to the land as a complete: with no them its productiveness will fall and farming will unavoidably endure. the most adjustments in farming perform and their environmental results are handled systematically. Successive chapters speak about arable cropping, grassland administration, animal husbandry, hedgerow removing, land drainage and using insecticides. thought of are also the care of the soil and its population - very important and infrequently neglected different types of natural world - attainable harm to farm animals by means of ailments of untamed animals, and the results of searching and taking pictures. Professor Mellanby writes all through with an knowing of the issues of either farmers and conservationists. this can be a such a lot persuasive account of why they need to now interact to maintain the countryside's fauna and vegetation. Professor Kenneth Mellanby is the writer of the hugely acclaimed New Naturalist quantity insecticides and toxins. he's the Founder-Director of the priests wooden Experimental Station, which was once the most study station of the character Conservancy, Chairman of the Watch belief, President of the Cambridgeshire department of the Ramblers organization, and has for a few years been heavily considering all elements of farming and conservation.

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Download E-books Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico PDF

By Marty Essen

Winner, 2016 nationwide Indie Excellence Award in Nature

Endangered Edens is the long-awaited follow-up to Marty Essen’s six-time award-winning publication, Cool Creatures, sizzling Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

no matter if touring with Marty and his spouse, Deb, within the Arctic nationwide natural world safe haven, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, or going solo with Marty within the Everglades, readers will event nature’s Endangered Edens in a manner few others have—all whereas giggling and studying alongside the way.

as well as Marty’s exciting tales, Endangered Edens also positive aspects greater than a hundred and eighty lovely colour pictures—merging the genres of flora and fauna images, experience travelogues, and environmental schooling into one unforgettable book.

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Download E-books In the Company of Crows and Ravens PDF

By John M. Marzluff

From the cave partitions at Lascaux to the final portray by means of Van Gogh, from the works of Shakespeare to these of Mark Twain, there's transparent proof that crows and ravens impression human tradition. but this effect isn't really unidirectional, say the authors  of this attention-grabbing booklet: humans profoundly impact crow tradition, ecology, and evolution besides. interpreting the usually outstanding ways in which crows and people have interaction, John Marzluff and Tony Angell contend that these interactions replicate a means of “cultural coevolution.” they give a demanding new view of the human-crow dynamic—a view which can switch our pondering not just approximately crows but additionally approximately ourselves.

Featuring greater than a hundred unique drawings, the e-book takes an in depth examine the impacts humans have had at the lives of crows all through heritage and on the major methods crows have altered human lives. within the Company of Crows and Ravens illuminates the entwined histories of crows and folks and concludes with an fascinating dialogue of the crow-human courting and the way our attitudes towards crows may perhaps impact our cultural trajectory. because the authors kingdom of their preface: “Crows and other people proportion comparable qualities and social concepts. To a shocking quantity, to grasp the crow is to grasp ourselves."

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Download E-books Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East (Princeton Field Guides) PDF

This is the 1st totally illustrated consultant to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of jap North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the better half quantity to Dennis Paulson's acclaimed box consultant to the dragonflies and damselflies of the West. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East good points enormous quantities of colour images that depict the entire species present in the area, precise line drawings to assist in-hand id, and a colour distribution map for each species--and the book's compact dimension and undemanding layout make it the one consultant you would like within the box. Species debts describe key identity gains, distribution, flight season, comparable species, habitat, and typical heritage. Paulson's authoritative advent bargains a primer on dragonfly biology and identity, and likewise comprises the way to learn and photo those stunningly appealing insects.

  • Illustrates all 336 japanese species
  • Features 1000s of full-color photographs
  • Includes distinct species money owed, line drawings to assist identity, and a colour distribution map for each species
  • Offers priceless advice for the dragonfly enthusiast

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Download E-books Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness PDF

By Edward Abbey

"A passionately felt, deeply poetic booklet. It has philosophy. It has humor. It has its proportion of nerve-tingling adventures...set down in a lean, racing prose, in a close-knit form of energy and beauty."
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Edward Abbey lived for 3 seasons within the wilderness at Moab, Utah, and what he chanced on in regards to the land earlier than him, the area round him, and the center that beat inside, is an interesting, occasionally raucous, regularly own account of a spot that has already disappeared, yet is worthy remembering and residing via time and again.

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