The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing--and why "Can birds smell?
Author: David Allen Sibley
The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing--and why "Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In What It's Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds--blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees--it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. David Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) And while the text is aimed at adults--including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes--it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action. Unlike any other book he has written, What It's Like to Be a Bird is poised to bring a whole new audience to David Sibley's world of birds.
Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other.
Author: Tim Birkhead
Publisher: A&C Black
What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses - vision and hearing - but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a birds' sense of taste, or smell, or touch or the ability to detect the earth's magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away - how do they do it? Bird Sense is based on a conviction that we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head. Our understanding of bird behaviour is simultaneously informed and constrained by the way we watch and study them. By drawing attention to the way these frameworks both facilitate and inhibit discovery, it identifies ways we can escape from them to seek new horizons in bird behaviour. There has never been a popular book about the senses of birds. No one has previously looked at how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and an understanding of birds and their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science.
Author: David Allen Sibley
"'Can birds smell?' 'Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?' 'Do robins "hear" worms?' In [this book], David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author"--Publisher marketing.
Books and journal articles Tim Birkhead, Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird (
Bloomsbury, 2012) John A. Burton, Owls of the World. Their Evolution, Structure
and Ecology (Peter Lowe, 1973) Michael Everett, A Natural History of Owls ...
Author: Martin Windrow
Publisher: Random House
‘Perched on the back of a sunlit chair was something about 9 inches tall and shaped rather like a plump toy penguin with a nose-job. It appeared to be wearing a one-piece knitted jumpsuit of pale grey fluff with brown stitching, complete with an attached balaclava helmet. From the face-hole of the fuzzy balaclava, two big, shiny black eyes gazed up at me trustfully. Kweep, it said quietly.’ When author Martin Windrow met the tawny owlet that he christened Mumble, it was love at first sight. Raising her from a fledgling, through adolescence and into her prime years, Windrow recorded every detail of their time living together (secretly) in a south London tower block, and later in a Sussex village. This is the touching, intriguing and eccentric story of their 15-year relationship, complete with photographs and illustrations of the beautiful Mumble. Along the way, we are given fascinating insight into the ornithology of owls – from their evolution and biology to their breeding habits and hunting tactics. The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is a witty, quirky and utterly charming account of the companionship between one man and his owl.
Go home, hook your camera up to your big-screen TV, and get a feel for what it's
like to be a bird (and find out which of your neighbors needs to clean their pool)
An Even Geekier Ideal For a bit more money, this project can turn into an even ...
Author: Ken Denmead
The ultimate DIY project guide for techie dads raising kids in their own geeky image, in the spirit of The Dangerous Book for Boys Today's generation of dads grew up more tech-savvy than ever. Rather than joining the Little League team, many grew up playing computer games, Dungeons and Dragons, and watching Star Wars. Now with kids of their own, these digital-age dads are looking for fresh ways to share their love of science and technology, and help their kids develop a passion for learning and discovery. Enter supergeek, and father of two, Ken Denmead. An engineer and editor of the incredibly popular GeekDad blog on wired.com, Ken has created the ultimate, idea-packed guide guaranteed to help dads and kids alike enjoy the magic of playtime together and tap into the infinite possibility of their imagination. With illustrations throughout, this book offers projects for all ages to suit any timeframe or budget. With Denmead's expert guidance, you and your child can: •Fly a night-time kite ablaze with lights or launch a video camera with balloons •Construct the "Best Slip n' Slide Ever," a guaranteed thrill ride •Build a working lamp with LEGO bricks and CDs •Create a customized comic strip or your own board game •Transform any room into a spaceship •Make geeky crafts like cyborg jack-o'-lanterns or Ethernet cuff links Brimming with endlessly fun and futuristic tidbits on everything from gaming to gadgets, GeekDad helps every tech-savvy father unleash his inner kid-and bond with the next generation of brainiacs. Watch a Video
In fact he was pretty far away and I was no doubt “filling in” most of what I couldn't
actually see. ... I do whenever I see something familiar: grass, the student union
building, my sneakers.53 But, it occurred to me, I'm not so familiar with every bird
I ... Let's say he has the beak of a duck, roars like a lion and flies like a jet. To that
Author: Robert K. c. Forman
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
What if you spent years of your life seeking spiritual enlightenment, but were looking in the wrong place over a long time? It’s happening right now to millions of seekers around the world. That’s why Dr. Robert Forman has written his revolutionary book. Told in often poetic prose, it offers new direction for people looking for a sane and healthy spiritual pathway in our increasingly confusing world. Traditional spiritual models are giving seekers a wrong and frustrating impression about spiritual enlightenment. By exploring his own 39 year experience of spiritual enlightenment, Dr. Forman offers a remedy to folks who are: Convinced they don’t have the right stuff to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime: Disillusioned by spiritual teachers who don’t live up to their lofty self-portraits: Worried that choosing a spiritual life means leaving their everyday life behind: Hungry for a different way to be, but unable to express it. Through metaphor, humor, vulnerability and achingly beautiful prose, Dr. Forman’s book offers newfound hope to spiritual seekers everywhere.
That's my bird!” “Look at how this happened,” I said, walking him through the
steps. We looked at his chukar and took ... My son not only discovered what it's
like to shoot birds, he also took another step in his journey toward becoming a
Author: Stephen Sorenson
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
If matching wits with an elusive elk, chasing an antelope, or hunting pheasants excites you or someone you love, I’d Rather Be Hunting is perfect! Longtime hunter Stephen Sorenson shares memorable hunting stories and occasional misadventures to encourage you to enjoy God’s great outdoors. You’ll find strategies for success in the field and life as you go on hunting adventures that include: getting within shooting distance of eagle-eyed pronghorns stalking elusive mountain goats dropping a bull elk in the middle of a charge teaching a new hunter how to bag pheasants and chukars scoping wily, nimble-footed deer In these exciting hunting stories, you’ll discover what it takes to persevere, give thanks in all situations, develop strong friendships, and experience how much God loves you and wants you to grow in Him.
The Antics of Reggie and the Exotic Bird Haven takes you on a journey with Reggie where he thinks being an exotic bird will give him a better life.
Author: Kimberly Hughey
The Antics of Reggie and the Exotic Bird Haven takes you on a journey with Reggie where he thinks being an exotic bird will give him a better life. But he soon finds out what it's like to be a bird he is not meant to be. What challenges will he face? What will he learn along the way from the choices he made? Take a peek inside and find out!
Never abscond, from the beyond, I want to be strong, with my dreams, how hard it
seems, you know what its like to do a press up for the first time. A bird trying to fly
for the first time, yeah I'm not lying. I'm not denying the truth. I'm just creating it, ...
Author: Julius Green
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
A story about Mark Ruby. The continuation of his love and rapping career, not that love is a career, but is certainly his ambition. He is now 18.
What would it be like for you to have a bird's-eye view of this world, your world,
with you missing? What would you see if you ... But even doing all of that doesn't
mean you then know what it's like to be an inmate. “This is like dying with your ...
Author: Bernard B. Kerik
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The controversial New York City police commissioner and New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Son shares the story of his fall from grace and the effects of his incarceration on his views of the American justice system. Bernard Kerik was New York City’s police commissioner during the 9/11 attacks, and became an American hero as he led the NYPD through rescue and recovery efforts of the World Trade Center. His résumé as a public servant is long and storied, and includes receiving a Medal of Honor. In 2004, Kerik was nominated by George W. Bush to head the Department of Homeland Security. Now, he is a former Federal Prison Inmate known as #84888-054. Convicted of tax fraud and false statements in 2007, Kerik was sentenced to four years in federal prison. Now, for the first time, he talks candidly about what it was like on the inside: the torture of solitary confinement, the abuse of power, the mental and physical torment of being locked up in a cage, the powerlessness. With newfound perspective, Kerik makes a plea for change and illuminates why our punishment system doesn’t always fit the crime. In this extraordinary memoir, Kerik reveals his unprecedented view of the American penal system from both sides: as the jailer and the jailed. With astonishing candor, bravery, and insider’s intelligence, Bernard Kerik shares his fall from grace to incarceration, and turns it into a genuine and uniquely insightful argument for criminal justice reform.
What's it like to be in pain, to have an ailment so horrible it feels like it's eating at
the tissue in your mind and heart, but you can't describe the feeling to anyone but
yourself? Screaming in the night from the terror, waking with your skin on fire ...
Author: J.E. Knight
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
A spell binding, deep and harsh look into one man´s life through his words, "With the Breath of a Bird" is a journey into the heart, mind, and soul of a poet who is learning how to use his "wings" for the very first time in life. Each chapter in this book of thought provoking poetry holds a new lesson to be learned. A true testament to the way we all may have felt at one time in our life or another. "With the Breath of a Bird" is definitely a classic in the making, and one book of literature you´ll definitely want to add to your already extensive collection of beautifully written verse.
... the present moment because that is what life is about. And keep in mind there
will be difficult times that upset you or make you sad, but those are the
challenging times that will lead you to rise up and be who you were best intended
to be...just like the Phoenix! ... Then he saw the massive bird, with its large wings
spreading, shaking off fire and sparks. It flapped its wings three times, and looked
down at ...
Author: Peter Sacco
Publisher: DoctorZed Publishing
People are different! They look different, come from different parts of the world, and believe in different things. To some people you look different too! This is what makes you special. This is what makes us all special. We are all here to make the world a better place to live in because each of us brings something different to it. In If I Was A Bird What Kind Of Flock Would I Fly With? psychologist Peter Sacco tells the fictional account of Billy Connors, a fifth-grader learning how to fit in at school. Billy learns that it’s okay to be himself and to believe in what he believes in. Equally important, Billy learns that it’s okay for others to believe in what they do as well, even if they do seem a little different. Along the way, Billy learns a valuable lesson: to accept other people for who they are and what they believe without judging them. Now available in 5 languages: English, Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin and Japanese. 50% of royalties will be donated to the charity organization, Canadian Centre For Abuse Awareness (www.abusehurts.com)
There might be something there you like.” The two girls ... “And it's actually
reasonably private. As such things go around ... “How. ...” Ann stopped. Like most
communications with Americans, this one was so laden with jargon word usages
Author: Lynn Stansbury
The body of a young woman is found in a dump in American Samoa. Then the prime suspect in her death is found half-eaten by sharks. Natural justice? Native justice? Or something else entirely? Lieutenant Han, a Korean-American homicide detective on loan to this remote South Pacific island nation, is also its only trained investigator. Born in one culture, raised in another, married into a third and now working in a fourth, Han takes nothing for granted about why people kill each other. Even so, these two deaths make no sense. Meanwhile, Han's estranged Japanese wife is back in Samoa, apparently more interested in an American ecologist than her husband, and the woman doctor Han fell for in his wife's absence seems to be falling for the hospital's new pathologist, a long-distance ocean sailor from South Africa with some unique experience in third-world killing fields. As the answers to Han's questions emerge from the cultural chaos like the ghosts that haunt Samoan forests, he discovers that the last blind spot is his own. And it may kill him.
“Let me tell you --- What it's like --- To be a widow --- Left --- Alone --- An old
woman --- Who has lived --- Far beyond ... like a bird --- That has lost --- Its mate
--- A bird --- That still sings --- Though its mate --- Is now gone --- The bird's song
--- Is ...
Author: Judith Weinshall Liberman
Judith Weinshall Liberman, best known for her Holocaust-themed artwork, explores the creative process in this collection of three plays, a libretto, and black-and-white reproductions of twenty-five of her original artworks. The plays and libretto are all semi-autobiographical and express insights about writing and art that shes gained through half a century of honing her craft. In Soul Mate, which was inspired by Libermans collaboration with a gifted young composer on her first musical play, a woman in her eighties struggles to accept constructive criticism, and in the process discovers that her mentor is her soul mate. Vincents Visit tells the story of an elderly artist visited by Vincent Van Gogh, whos been dead for more than a century. Judith and Anne dramatizes an encounter between the playwright and Anne Frank. To Be an Artist integrates elements from Vincents Visit and Judith and Anne into a musical play in which the characters express themselves through frank dialogue and in twenty lyrics that provide insight into their minds and hearts. Reproductions of artwork help readers better understand the themes in each work as well as the authors insight into On Being an Artist.
I've never heard of anyone hurting somebody else under the influence of L.S.D., it
seems to be a much more peaceful thing ... You can actually see the notes in the
air that a bird's singing, or feel what it's like to an insect's feet whenit's crawling ...
Author: Tony Parker
Publisher: Faber & Faber
'People of the streets... you become aware of them, and wonder who and what they are... what kind of lives they have, and what living them means...' First published in 1968, People of the Streets was Tony Parker's sixth book, for which he spent a year approaching and interviewing people in London who were living their daily lives on street corners, along gutters or in subways. With his usual skill he coaxed them out of their natural reticence, born of solitude, into an unfamiliar but hugely illuminating spontaneity. 'In [Parker's] books the strength lies in the interpretive mind of the writer... He is a sociologist studying single cases in some depth and shows qualities of imagination shared by the historian and the biographer - a mixture of intelligence, sympathy and empathy.' TLS
The ironic part was that it had been for his own good, and he was right to be
grateful. ... His build was too narrow, his jaw too slight for Hartstein ever to be just
like Sergeant Brannick. At least, he told ... But no, the Agency knows what it's
Author: George Effinger
Publisher: Hachette UK
Far into the future, Hartstein's graduation present from his grandparents was a wonderful trip into the past. He had a long future in the doughnut industry to look forward to but this trip was the icing on the cake. It had been a long time since that first experiment in time travel was successfully pulled off, although not without its flaws. Now, in the future, time travel was a lucrative tourist industry. But the time travel industry was keeping one little fact to itself: two percent never came back. This cover-up was the work of the Agency. The Agency knew what others did not: that the past wasn't really the past but a complicated dynamic of individual perceptions of what the past might have been. The past isn't real and reality becomes a state of mind. While selling their particular brand of escapist entertainment and vacation packages, the Agency didn't bother to tell its clients or the populace in general that a war was going on - a time war. The Agency was spending its time in a neck-and-neck battle with the Temporary Underground. The battlefield was none other than the space-time continuum, the weapons were time-shifts and theoretical mathematics. Hartstein had no idea what his trip would be or where it would take him.
Next, follow the tree trunk up into the branches and notice what it's like to be sky
bound. What does it feel like to provide safety and comfort to the world of
creatures? Next, change places in your mind and become one of the creatures
that finds ...
Author: Mary Faulkner
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Feeling limited by circumstances, substances, or behaviors often leads to the simple, yet profound question, "Is this all there is?" This question is an opportunity to rediscover one's truth and live life more fully and authentically. Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag offers readers a path to finding their personal answer to this question in an engaging two-part format. In Part One, readers will join Lee McCormick as he reflects on his personal journey of recovery and transformation—a journey that initiated him into a life of helping others recover their own sense of self and purpose. Part Two is a medicine bag of healing practices designed to guide readers in developing self-awareness and awakening their sense of power-specifically the power of choice rooted in personal values and commitment to living those values. Covering a variety of topics addressing spirituality, awareness, and consciousness, the authors pose questions for reflection and self-investigation along the way. Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag is not a negation of Twelve-Step recovery, but a tool for expanding awareness and increasing involvement regardless of the path one is walking. In Twelve-Step language, it builds on Step 12's direction to practice these principles in all one's affairs. The authors believe that the inner journey to one's truth and the creative expression of that truth make for a good definition of spirituality, and they offer readers a very real message of the possibility of living "happy, joyous, and free" through spirit recovery.