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Audubon Engagement Calendar 2019

Audubon Engagement Calendar 2019 Lowest new price: $10.67
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Author: Workman Publishing
Brand: Workman Publishing

Extraordinary nature photography meets elegant design. Each spread of this 2.1 million copy‒selling weekly engagement planner includes a roomy grid for writing in notes and events and a full-color, detail-rich landscape photograph: Dancing lights of the aurora borealis illuminate northern Canada’s night sky. Ruby-red poppy fields blossom in the Netherlands—a surefire sign that spring is coming. And a profound sense of stillness and peace can be found among sky-high Quaking Aspen trees in Alaska’s boreal forest. Authoritative texts provide information and context to each luminous scene. Printed on FSC-certified paper.

Features:

  • Planner Calendar
  • Weekly (Engagement) Calendar
  • Medium Rectangle Grid
  • Spiral Binding
  • 6.25'' X 9.25 ''

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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Lowest new price: $16.95
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Author: Christopher Skaife

The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument

The ravens at the Tower of London are of mighty importance: rumor has it that if a raven from the Tower should ever leave, the city will fall.

The title of Ravenmaster, therefore, is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife took on the added responsibility of caring for the infamous ravens. In The Ravenmaster, he lets us in on his life as he feeds his birds raw meat and biscuits soaked in blood, buys their food at Smithfield Market, and ensures that these unusual, misunderstood, and utterly brilliant corvids are healthy, happy, and ready to captivate the four million tourists who flock to the Tower every year.

A rewarding, intimate, and inspiring partnership has developed between the ravens and their charismatic and charming human, the Ravenmaster, who shares the folklore, history, and superstitions surrounding the ravens and the Tower. Shining a light on the behavior of the birds, their pecking order and social structure, and the tricks they play on us, Skaife shows who the Tower’s true guardians really are―and the result is a compelling and irreverent narrative that will surprise and enchant.

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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Lowest new price: $13.99
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Author: Kirk Wallace Johnson

As heard on NPR's This American Life

“Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air

“One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —Christian Science Monitor

A rollicking true-crime adventure and a captivating journey into an underground world of fanatical fly-tiers and plume peddlers, for readers of The Stranger in the WoodsThe Lost City of Z, and The Orchid Thief.

On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins—some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them—and escaped into the darkness.

Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

An Amazon Best Book of May 2018: The title of The Feather Thief smartly echoes Susan Orleans' The Orchid Thief, and The Feather Thief has good reason to compare itself to such an admired book. Strange niches of history. Obsessives who refuse to adhere to the law. A writer who stumbles upon a story that becomes an obsession in its own right. All these elements combust to create Johnson's investigation into the theft of 299 rare bird skins from a British natural history museum. While bird skins might sound like (ahem) dry reading, Johnson knows just how to fascinate the reader, plunging with vigor into exotic bird exploration, the crackdown on rare bird trafficking, and the insular world of fly-tying enthusiasts, all of which lead, almost inevitably, to the theft from the Tring Museum. The most likely receivers of the stolen goods? Fly-tiers with an unquenchable thirst for feathers from blue chatterers, the resplendent quetzal, and birds of paradise so they can re-create outlandish Victorian-era salmon flies. Although the thief is caught, Johnson decides to investigate himself what happened to the 106 never-recovered bird skins, pulling the reader even deeper into the thief's bizarre world. Clever, informative, and sometimes endearingly bumbling, this mix of natural history and crime opens up new worlds. You'll never look at a stuffed bird the same way again. —Adrian Liang, Amazon Book Review

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Birds of the Photo Ark

Birds of the Photo Ark Lowest new price: $19.86
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Author: Noah Strycker

For avian enthusiasts, from armchair observers to dedicated life-listers, this brilliant book from acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore celebrates the beauty of all birds, great and small.

This elegantly packaged celebration of birds from around the world unites incredible animal portraits from Joel Sartore's distinguished National Geographic Photo Ark project with inspiring text by up-and-coming birder Noah Strycker. It includes hundreds of species, from tiny finches to charismatic eagles; brilliant toucans, intricate birds of paradise, and perennial favorites such as parrots, hummingbirds, and owls also make colorful appearances. Everyone who cares about birds--from the family with a bird feeder outside the kitchen window to the serious birder with a life list of thousands--will flock to this distinctive and uplifting book.

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The Wall of Birds: One Planet, 243 Families, 375 Million Years

The Wall of Birds: One Planet, 243 Families, 375 Million Years Lowest new price: $24.46
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Author: Jane Kim

A celebration of the diversity and evolution of birds, as depicted in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's magnificent 2,500-square-foot Wall of Birds mural by artist Jane Kim.

Part homage, part artistic and sociological journey, The Wall of Birds tells the story of birds' remarkable 375-million-year evolution. With a foreword by John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and full of lush photographs of gorgeous life-size birds painted in exacting detail, The Wall of Birds lets readers explore these amazing creatures family by family and continent by continent. Throughout, beautifully crafted narratives and intimate artistic reflections tell of the evolutionary forces that created birds' dazzling variety of forms and colors, and reveal powerful lessons about birds that are surprisingly relevant to contemporary human challenges.

From the tiny five-inch Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird to the monstrous thirty-foot Yutyrannus, The Wall of Birds is a visual feast, essential for bird enthusiasts, naturalists, and art lovers alike.

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National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides)

National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides) Lowest new price: $6.99
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Author: Jonathan Alderfer
Brand: Louise Zemaitis

Essential for the millions of Americans who watch and feed birds in their backyards—whether experienced birders or new birding enthusiasts—from the experts at National Geographic and co-author of the popular and perennial best seller Field Guide to the Birds of North America.
 
No matter where you live—in the country, city, a high-rise or house—this handy guide will quench your curiosity about the feathered creatures in your midst. It features 150 of the most common and interesting birds likely to be observed at backyard feeders, nesting nearby or just migrating through. An indispensable visual index of all 150 species appears on the inside front and back laminated covers, making identification a snap.
 
Beginning with Backyard Basics, an easy-to-follow, richly illustrated presentation on observing and identifying birds—with tips on attracting and feeding your favorite birds, birdhouses, and bird-friendly landscapes to entice nesting—the book is full of National Geographic’s iconic field guide images and maps.
 
Core species on everyone’s list—such as robins, woodpeckers, bluebirds and chickadees—are featured in two-page spreads including practical tips with additional imagery. Sidebars captivate with interesting and little known facts.

Features:

  • National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

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Audubon Songbirds and Other Backyard Birds Picture-A-Day Calendar 2019

Audubon Songbirds and Other Backyard Birds Picture-A-Day Calendar 2019 Lowest new price: $10.99
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Author: National Audubon Society
Brand: BJdesign

Admire hundreds of spritely, elegant songbirds, photographed in their native habitats. For America’s birders, this 1.2 million copy‒seller provides a thrilling new sighting every day. Spot familiar birds through the seasons: a Pileated Woodpecker in flight on an autumn evening; a White-breasted Nuthatch munching snowy crabapples in January. And arresting bursts of color—from the shocking blue of the Indigo Bunting to the dramatic crimson of a Scarlet Tanager. With knowledgeable text from the Audubon Society, the birdwatching experts: Did you know that most birds have bright plumage in spring and summer, but assume a duller plumage for nonbreeding seasons?
 

Features:

  • Wall Calendar
  • 12-month Standard Calendar
  • X-Large Rectangle Grid
  • Stapled Binding
  • 12'' X 14 ''

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Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar 2019

Audubon Birds Page-A-Day Calendar 2019 Lowest new price: $10.39
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Author: Workman Publishing
Brand: Workman Publishing

Celebrate gorgeous and diverse birds from around the world, stunningly photographed in their native habitats. Galapagos Penguins swimming for fish. A Gilded Flicker perched on a cactus flower. The eye-catching rainbow of a Scarlet Macaw’s feathers. Whether it’s the sleek outline of a snowy owl’s spread wings, or the soaring energy of a pack of Black-winged Stilts taking off in unison, each full-color photograph captures the unique spirit and beauty of the bird. A perfect gift for birders and nature lovers, it also includes captions with scientific and common names, as well as facts on plumage, habits, and nests.

Features:

  • Desk Calendar
  • 365 Day Calendar
  • Jumbo Rectangle Grid
  • Adhesive Binding
  • 6'' X 6 ''

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Gulls Simplified: A Comparative Approach to Identification

Gulls Simplified: A Comparative Approach to Identification Lowest new price: $16.74
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Author: Pete Dunne

A simpler and more user-friendly visual approach to gull identification

This unique photographic field guide to North America’s gulls provides a comparative approach to identification that concentrates on the size, structure, and basic plumage features of gulls―gone are the often-confusing array of plumage details found in traditional guides.

Featuring hundreds of color photos throughout, Gulls Simplified illustrates the variations of gull plumages for a variety of ages, giving readers strong visual reference points for each species. Extensive captions accompany the photos, which include comparative photo arrays, digitized photo arrays for each age group, and numerous images of each species―a wealth of visual information at your fingertips. This one-of-a-kind guide includes detailed species accounts and a distribution map for each gull.

An essential field companion for North American birders, Gulls Simplified reduces the confusion commonly associated with gull identification, offering a more user-friendly way of observing these marvelous birds.

  • Provides a simpler approach to gull identification
  • Features a wealth of color photos for easy comparison among species
  • Includes detailed captions that explain identification criteria and aging, with direct visual reinforcement above the captions
  • Combines plumage details with a focus on size, body shape, and structural features for easy identification in the field
  • Highlights important field marks and physical features for each gull

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How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say

How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say Lowest new price: $10.75
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Author: Melissa Caughey
Brand: Unknown

Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn?

Foreword INDIES Silver Award Winner

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