Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds by April Pulley Sayre | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds

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by April Pulley Sayre
     
 

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Can whales communicate across miles of vast ocean? Can elephants talk to one another with sounds we cannot hear? These are the kinds of questions that drive the work of acoustic biologists. Follow three creative scientists—Christopher W., Clark, Katy Payne, and Bill Evans—as they research why and how animals communicate. Through remarkable photographs and

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Can whales communicate across miles of vast ocean? Can elephants talk to one another with sounds we cannot hear? These are the kinds of questions that drive the work of acoustic biologists. Follow three creative scientists—Christopher W., Clark, Katy Payne, and Bill Evans—as they research why and how animals communicate. Through remarkable photographs and stories about all sorts of animals, this book celebrates the challenges of lab work and fieldwork and the thrill of discovery.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This book is full of fun facts about whale, elephant, and bird sounds. The first section describes how Christopher Clark uses hydrophones in his whale project to listen to a variety of different types of whales, including blue whales, blowheads, belugas, and humpbacks. The second section deals with Katy Payne's studies of the calls of elephants. She studies wild elephants and those in zoos. The last section tells about Bill Evans' bird project in which he studies the sounds of night migrating birds. This informative and entertaining book is appropriate for elementary and middle school-aged children and could be used as a source of inspiration for science projects involving sound. 2002, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 6 to 14.
— Haley Thomas
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Sayre's fascinating investigation into the field of bioacoustics and three researchers in the field is a sturdy companion to such gems as Donna M. Jackson's The Wildlife Detectives (2000) and Stephen Kramer's Hidden Worlds (2001, both Houghton). The lucid text focuses on the work of Christopher Clark (whale "listener"), Katy Payne (elephant-sound expert), and Bill Evans (birdcall decoder). The author includes biographical material-Evans was "into" the history of electricity, Payne was a college music major, and Clark planned to be a biomedical engineer-to demonstrate how early interests can generate and be deftly applied to future careers. Chockablock with clear color photos and liberally sprinkled with direct quotes that lend immediacy to the text, the whole is rounded out by a thoughtful look at the future of bioacoustics and a call for personal involvement in conservation. A winner in every way.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

This fascinating title shows the thrill of scientific discovery up close…Part of the consistently excellent Scientists in the Field series; it provides readers with an inspiring introduction to a little–discussed field and to biology in general.
Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"The Scientists in the Field series continues to fulfill its promise." Kirkus Reviews

"Each of the profiles is filled with absorbing scientific information while also providing insights into the personalities involved in this work--adventurers who work in interesting field locales, sometimes with limited funding, to do what they love." Horn Book

“Sayre offers good descriptions of work with the various species and its import…” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547350448
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/24/2006
Series:
Scientists in the Field Series
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

April Pulley Sayre is a writer, video producer, and bird watcher with a special interest in "overlooked, sometimes maligned creatures," including bats, insects, and lemurs. She and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana.

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