A Year in the Life of North American Owls

Author: Paul Bannick

Publisher: Braided River

ISBN: 9781594858000

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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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.

Sprechen wir über Eulen - und Diabetes

Author: David Sedaris

Publisher: Karl Blessing Verlag

ISBN: 3641113253

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5185

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.

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: 6296

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.

An Enchantment of Birds

Memories from a Birder's Life

Author: Richard Cannings

Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd

ISBN: 1926685083

Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 5385

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.

Aus hartem Holz


Author: Annie Proulx

Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

ISBN: 3641192064

Category: Fiction

Page: 896

View: 5398

Annie Proulxs erster Roman seit über zehn Jahren, das lang erwartete Meisterwerk der Pulitzerpreisträgerin: ein monumentales Epos, das lebensprall, sprachgewaltig und intensiv dreihundert Jahre nordamerikanischer Geschichte einfängt und von der Abholzung der scheinbar endlosen Wälder erzählt, vom ewigen Kampf zwischen Mensch und Natur.

Great Lakes Nature

An Outdoor Year

Author: Mary Blocksma

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472089826

Category: Nature

Page: 342

View: 8920

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

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: 7262

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 Big Year

A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

Author: Mark Obmascik

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439107459

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 6220

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.

The Animal Dialogues

Uncommon Encounters in the Wild

Author: Craig Childs

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316024333

Category: Nature

Page: 300

View: 5828

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

Birds of Texas

A Falcon Field Guide

Author: Todd Telander

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762785659

Category: Nature

Page: 104

View: 4441

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.

Der lange Weg zur Freiheit


Author: Nelson Mandela

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104031541

Category: History

Page: 864

View: 1079

»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.

Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book Four

Author: Christian Liberty Press

Publisher: Christian Liberty Press

ISBN: 9781930092549

Category: Education

Page: 198

View: 6631

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.

Girls In The Moon

Author: Janet McNally

Publisher: cbt Verlag

ISBN: 3641182301

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 416

View: 519

Liebe, Musik, New York! New York, die aufregendste Stadt der Welt! Phoebe, Tochter zweier Rocklegenden, besucht ihre Schwester Luna, die kurz davor ist, mit ihrer Band The Moons so richtig durchzustarten. Doch Phoebe möchte Luna nicht nur beim Berühmtwerden zusehen. Sie möchte, dass sich ihre Mutter und ihre Schwester versöhnen, sie möchte ihren Vater finden und Schluss machen mit allen Geheimnissen und Halbwahrheiten, die die Familie zerstört haben. Und sie möchte diesen Jungen kennenlernen, mit dem sie sich seit Monaten heimlich schreibt: Archer.

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: 4763

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: 8184

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

Die Legende der Wächter 12: Der Zauber

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Publisher: Ravensburger Buchverlag Otto Maier GmbH

ISBN: 347347519X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 5936

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