Sibley s Birding Basics

Author: David Allen Sibley
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307545978
Format: PDF, Kindle
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“I wrote and illustrated this book to help every inquisitive birder, from novice to expert. Whether you can identify six birds or six hundred, you’ll be a better birder if you have a grounding in the real nuts and bolts of what birds look like, and your skills will be even sharper if you know exactly what to look for and how to record what you see.” —David Allen Sibley The Sibley Guide to Birds and The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior are both universally acclaimed as the new standard source of species information. And now David Sibley, America’s premier birder and best-known bird artist, takes a new direction; in Sibley’s Birding Basics he is concerned not so much with species as with the general characteristics that influence the appearance of all birds and thus give us the clues to their identity. To create this guide, David Sibley thought through all the skills that enable him to identify a bird in the few instants it is visible to him. Now he shares that information, integrating an explanation of the identification process with many painted and drawn images of details (such as a feather) or concepts. Birding Basics begins by reviewing how one can get started as a birder: the equipment necessary, where and when to go birding, and perhaps most important, the essential things to look for when birds appear in the field. Using many illustrations, David Sibley reviews all the basic concepts of bird identification and then describes the variations (of shape, size, and color) that can change the appearance of a bird over time or in different settings. And he issues a warning about “illusions and other pitfalls”—and advice on avoiding them. The second part of the book, also plentifully illustrated, deals with another set of clues, the major aspects of avian life that differ from species to species: feathers (color, arrangement, shape, molt), behavior and habitat, and sounds. This scientifically precise, beautifully illustrated volume distills the essence of David Sibley’s own experience and skills, providing a solid introduction to “naming” the birds. With Sibley as your guide, when you learn how to interpret what the feathers, the anatomical structure, the sounds of a bird tell you—when you know the clues that show you why there’s no such thing as “just a duck”—birding will be more fun, and more meaningful. An essential addition to the Sibley shelf! From the Trade Paperback edition.

Seasons with Birds

Author: Bruce Whittington
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
ISBN: 9781894898218
Format: PDF, Docs
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With growing numbers of people turning to birdwatching as their favourite outdoor activity, this delightful book will be welcome. Unlike the typical guidebook, this beautifully illustrated work brings readers the birding experience-the thrill of spotting a particular bird for the first time, the wonder of witnessing the easy power of a gyrfalcon's flight, the pleasure of watching the dramatic choreography of a flock of wheeling shorebirds. Naturalist and veteran birder Bruce Whittington takes the reader through a year with birds. Each month offers descriptive information about several birds, along with interesting bits of bird lore, including the incredible story of long-range migrations, how birds fly, the plumage changes they undergo, and the life stories of early ornithologists. Read in its entirety or savoured story by story as the months on the kitchen calendar go by, this wonderful book will edify and please all who appreciate the beauty and song of our "feathered friends."

Bird Feathers

Author: S. David Scott
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811742177
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Over 400 photos of representative feathers from 379 species.

Sibley s Common Trees

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Publisher: Scott & Nix Incorporated
ISBN: 9781935622000
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Featuring the most well-known 50 tree species in eastern North America, these high-quality, illustrated posters showcase beautifully rendered paintings designed to highlight the intricate details of each tree. For ease of comparison and identification, reproductions of similar tree types?from magnolia and birch to oak and ash to maple and elm?are grouped together. Using the foothills of the Rocky Mountains as the dividing line for east and west, this informative poster can be used for easy identification of trees found across North America. Printed and packaged using recycled papers, this stunning poster will enhance any tree-lovers' wall.

More Than Birds

Author: Val Shushkewich
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 1459705602
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Once people encounter the natural world and become aware of its intricacy, fragility, beauty, and significance, they will recognize the need for conservation. The fascinating development of natural history studies in North America is portrayed through the life stories of 22 naturalists. The 19th century saw early North American naturalists such as Alexander Wilson, the "Father of American Ornithology," John James Audubon, and Thomas Nuttall describing and illustrating the spectacular flora and fauna they found in the New World. Scientists of the Smithsonian Institution and the Canadian Museum of Nature worked feverishly to describe and catalogue the species that exist on the continent. Great nature writers such as Florence Merriam Bailey, Cordelia Stanwood, Margaret Morse Nice, Louise de Kiriline Lawrence, and Roger Tory Peterson wrote in depth about the lives and behaviours of birds. Early conservationists such as Jack Miner, the "Father of Conservation," created nature preserves. Today, noted naturalists such as Robert Nero, Robert Bateman, Kenn Kaufman, and David Allen Sibley do everything they can to encourage people to experience nature directly in their lives and to care about its protection and preservation.

Public Library Catalog

Author: Juliette Yaakov
Publisher: Hw Wilson Co
ISBN: 9780824210397
Format: PDF
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Highly recommended reference works in all subject areas and non-fiction books for adults, plus information on electronic editions when available. More than 8,000 books in the main volume. More than 2,400 new titles in annual paperbound supplements. More than 2,000 analytic entries for items in collections and anthologies.