What the Robin Knows

What the Robin Knows

How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

eBook - 2012
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Includes bird language vocalizations. Companion audio files are also available at www.hmhbooks.com/whattherobinknows A lifelong birder, tracker, and naturalist, Jon Young is guided in his work and teaching by three basic premises: the robin, junco, and other songbirds know everything important about their environment, be it backyard or forest; by tuning in to their vocalizations and behavior, we can acquire much of this wisdom for our own pleasure and benefit; and the birds' companion calls and warning alarms are just as important as their songs. Birds are the sentries -- and our key to understanding the world beyond our front door. Unwitting humans create a zone of disturbance that scatters the wildlife. Respectful humans who heed the birds acquire an awareness that radically changes the dynamic. We are welcome in their habitat. The birds don't fly away. The larger animals don't race off. No longer hapless intruders, we now find, see, and engage the deer, the fox, the red-shouldered hawk -- even the elusive, whispering wren. Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by Native peoples the world over. Finally, science is catching up. This groundbreaking book unites the indigenous knowledge, the latest research, and the author's own experience of four decades in the field to lead us toward a deeper connection to the animals and, in the end, a deeper connection to ourselves.Includes bird language vocalizations.
"This book will enhance our own ability to learn what the nestlings learn."- Birding Business "Don't tell lifelong birder Jon Young that robins are boring. He can sit still in his yard, watching and listending for the moment when robins and other birds no longer perceive him as a threat. Then he can begin to hear what the birds say to each other, warning about nearby hawks, cats, or competitors. Young's book will teach you how you, too, can understand birds and their fascinating behaviors." - BirdWatching "A sophisticated guide for amateur bird watchers and a door-opener for newbies." - Kirkus "Though primarily geared toward birders and naturalists rather than lay readers, this passionate instruction manual offers enjoyable anecdotes." - Publishers Weekly
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547727417
Characteristics: 1 online resource (272 pages)
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Jun 09, 2018

Young incorporates indigenous knowledge and his own field experience to the art of "bird language" - a subtle, yet direct form of communication that birds use to announce the presence of predators, mates, competitors and the frequent pesky hominid bumbling down the adjacent hiking path. Very informative, easy to read, and highly recommended for anyone who wishes to learn more about the natural world.

Jul 02, 2015



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