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Inhaltsangabe: "As I write this, I am sitting in a cabin at Cedar Point Biological Station in southwestern Nebraska.... The glorious elemental mixture of earth, water, and sky around me is the home of nearly three hundred species of birds, and comprises one of my favorite places in the world. Here no radio stations blare out the most recent results of meaningless sports events ... no traffic noises confound the senses. Instead the wind is the unquestioned dominating summer influence. The prairie grasses bend willingly and gracefully before it, and the leaves of the cottonwood trees convert its breezes into soft music."
Paul Johnsgard is one of America's most prominent ornithologists and a world authority on waterfowl behavior. In these popularly written, often lyrical essays, he describes some of his most fascinating encounters with birds, from watching the annual mating displays of prairie-chickens on a hilltop in Pawnee County, Nebraska, to attempting to solve some of the mysteries surrounding Australia's nearly flightless musk duck.
Reflecting his worldwide interests and travels, the birds Johnsgard describes inhabit many parts of the globe. Grouping the birds by the element they frequent most--earth, water, or sky--he weaves a wealth of accurate natural history into personal stories drawn from a lifetime of avian observation. And, as a bonus, Johnsgard's lovely pen-and-ink drawings illustrate each species he describes.
Rezension: Paul Johnsgard, a well-known ornithologist and student of bird behavior, especially of migratory waterfowl, is a native son of Nebraska, the setting for many of the essays that make up this small collection. There, above a reservoir called Keystone Lake, he has for years observed the avifauna of the Great Plains--nearly 300 species. "Here no radio stations blare out the most recent results of meaningless sports events, few newspapers ever manage to find their way to this outpost of civilization, and no traffic noises confound the senses," he writes. Instead, he is left to ponder the graceful flight of terns, the meaning of a dead turkey vulture. Offering homespun lessons in conservation biology, Johnsgard takes his readers into the lives of cranes, quails, ducks, pheasants, plovers, geese, curlews, and other birds, for all of which he feels an evident affection. He extends that care to Nebraska's fields and watercourses as well, offering a fine hymn of praise to the Niobrara River, a place only recently made safe from commercial overdevelopment and ecological destruction. His little book is the perfect glovebox companion for anyone doing a little birdwatching in this corner of the world--and for anyone interested in good natural history writing. --Gregory McNamee
Buchbeschreibung University of Texas Press, 1999. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Ex library book - Has the usual strikeovers and marks - No DJ. Very clean. 0.0. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3U-GE1L-QMO7
Buchbeschreibung University of Texas Press. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. 0292740581. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SKU1040377
Buchbeschreibung University of Texas Press, 1999. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0292740581
Buchbeschreibung University of Texas Press, 1999. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0292740581
Buchbeschreibung University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA, 1999. Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good+. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. 5.75"x8.75". CE1 - Stated first edition with no additional printings indicated. An unread, tight, clean, sound copy in green cloth covered boards with gold lettering and a graphic on the spine with only very, very slgiht overall shelf wear. Illustrated with black and white drawings. A collection of essays by a noted ornithologist and student of bird behavior. The author presents the the lives of cranes, quails, ducks, pheasants, plovers, geese, curlews, and other birds familiar to him from his observations of the avifauna of the Great Plains in his home state of Nebraska. Suggested readings, indexed, 166p. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SCW13776