Earth, Water, And Sky / Edition 1

Earth, Water, And Sky / Edition 1

by Paul A. Johnsgard
     
 

ISBN-10: 029274059X

ISBN-13: 9780292740594

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: University of Texas Press

"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 ..

Overview

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292740594
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Corrie Herring Hooks Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
I. Earth: Stray Feathers in the Dust
Sacred Places and the Voices of Ancestors
Dawn Rendezvous on the Lek
The Elusive Tree Quails of Mexico
Quail Music
On Display: The Pheasants
Bustards: Stalkers of the Dry Plains
Glittering Garments of the Rainbow

II. Water: A River of Time
Adrift in Time on the Niobrara River
The Evolution of Duck Courtship
The Elusive Musk Duck
The Unlikely Ruddy Duck
Torrent Ducks of the Andes
Seabirds of the Pribilofs

III. Sky: Migrations of the Imagination
The Gifts of the Cranes
Flight of the Sea Ducks
The Triumphant Trumpeters
The 6,000-mile Odyssey of a Globe-trotting Bird
Where Have All the Curlews Gone?
The Geese from beyond the North Wind

Suggested Readings
Citations for Previously Published Articles
Index

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