This lovely picture book will give you an introduction to bird communication. The illustrations are amazing. Some of the calls are about attracting mates, and Judge does not shy away from this topic. Ages 6 and up Hardcover: Ages 8 and up Hardcover: The Puffling Patrol of the title is a group of people, including children, who rescue pufflings that wander into town. The Moonbird is a tiny bird who has flown an estimated , miles — over the distance to the moon and halfway back — in his lifetime! Pair with bird-related citizen science projects that are child friendly, such as the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Ages 10 and up Hardcover: A True Story by Stephanie Spinner. The title character of this book is an African gray parrot named A vian L earning Ex periment. It turns out that Alex lives up to his clever name. His owner finds out that birds are capable of much more complex behavior than originally thought. Bring On the Birds by Susan Stockdale. This brightly colored picture book explores 21 species of birds from around the world. Ages 4 and up Hardcover: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler.
Written by Olivia when she was eleven, this book shows children what they can accomplish if they put their mind to it. See an interview with Olivia at Archimedes Notebook. Ages 3 and up Hardcover: Bird-acious Science with Stuff by Melissa Stewart. First of all, the book itself is a fun and educational introduction to birds for young readers. It contains big color photographs and interesting facts.
It covers everything from feathers and flying to beaks and eating. But this book offers even more. In the cover image above, do you see the brown mass in the yellow oval to the right, just under the title? That is an actual owl pellet for kids to dissect.
A bird book with its own hands-on activity included, how cool is that? Perfect to accompany a citizen science project like The Great Backyard Bird Watch, this kit comes with a page book, simple-to-use binoculars, a laminated identification sheet with pictures of common birds, and an activity poster. What a great way to encourage the next generation of bird watchers. Collard III, reading Woodpeckers will send you searching for more of his titles. First of all, he and his son at fourteen years old! That alone shows their knowledge about and passion for their subjects. Add the fun, conversational tone of the text, sprinkled with quotes from woodpecker experts and you have one amazing book!
It may seem like hype to call yourself the best, but this book really does takes kid-friendly bird guides to a whole new level. The book features National Geographic quality photographs and artwork. Now add a lot of good tips for identification and easily-digestible facts about the different birds. Stir in a few bird-related activities, and you have a fantastic bird guide for kids.enter
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Older children will enjoy reading about Fire Birds by Sneed B. Fire Birds reveals the work of biology professor Dick Hutto, who has been investigating what happens to bird species after a forest fire. He found that some kinds of birds increase in number due to increased nest sites and food. This title was previously reviewed at Wrapped in Foil. Turner and photographs by Andy Comins. Whether you have read all of books in the Scientists in the Field series or none of them, you are going to want to pick up this one. Perfect for anyone interested in learning, tool use and birds, including budding animal behaviorists, ornithologists, psychologists and educators.
Full review at Growing With Science. Birdology gives an introduction to many aspects of bird biology, such as their anatomy and special characteristics, where to look for them, what they eat, bird migratory behavior, etc. In the final section it explores common careers that involve working with birds. Each section reveals information about a topic, such as feathers, and then provides suggestions for hands-on activities to reinforce learning.
The author is very careful to point out that it is illegal to collect or possess feathers, nests or eggs of wild birds. All the activity suggestions keep this important consideration in mind. Full review and activities at Growing with Science blog. I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at not extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.
Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. I don't want to be too dramatic about it, but now I know that little canary's brain was removed while she was singing her heart out. I will definitely be thinking about it and try to handle the situation from different perspectives, though there's nothing I can change only with my personal effort nor those studies aren't made just for the sake of joy or hunger for knowledge.
Oct 15, Reenie rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoyed this a lot more than I'd hoped to, given the somewhat uninspiring blurb, which basically reads as: So many things are wrong with that, and they're pretty obvious, so no need for me to diagram it out.
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Pleasantly, the book is better than that, and Rothenberg does turn out to know the difference between 'things that I would like to I enjoyed this a lot more than I'd hoped to, given the somewhat uninspiring blurb, which basically reads as: Pleasantly, the book is better than that, and Rothenberg does turn out to know the difference between 'things that I would like to be true because they feel right' and 'things we can actually test or prove, in the old sense of the word '. He also sees the benefit of both approaches, and mostly manages to walk the line between both worlds without too much dipping into 'god, scientists are dull and uninspired and fail to notice creativity - also, did you know they kill animals, which is bad, and they don't think about that enough' too much.
That tone does turn up a bit, accompanied by small bouts of swearing from me yes, painting scientists as unfeeling and unethical is one of my buttons, not to mention being so bloody cliched , but on the whole he balances it out, in the end sticking to the point that all the approaches to studying birdsong - music, science, poetry - have their own goals, and their own advantages. Both approaches also might have elements or expertise that can offer some enlightenment or inspiration to the pursuit of the other.
I appreciate the way that Rothenberg has woven in a bunch of different strands of people thinking about bird song, both in science and art, into his personal narrative of just wanting to find ways to make music with birds. He's not shy about pointing out that this is his personal story and opinions, leavened by some other stories, music, or poems he's been hearing or thinking about, but he's interesting, and he's assembled a lot of interesting and wide-ranging stories into this book, which makes it overall with my mini-breaks for occasional swearing a pleasure to read.
Mar 14, Ellen rated it liked it. I wish there was an 'unfinished' option as this is among one of the few books I have ashamedly not finished, and there are only about 4 books on that list. What could have been a lilting melody fit for the subject was instead an awkward clunk of word I wish there was an 'unfinished' option as this is among one of the few books I have ashamedly not finished, and there are only about 4 books on that list. What could have been a lilting melody fit for the subject was instead an awkward clunk of words. I could only get to chapter 4.
You don't want them to be too different or your genes will go nowhere. Jan 06, Heidi rated it liked it Recommended to Heidi by: This book is almost great. I like the concept: But it ends up just saying the same thing over and over in different ways: Maybe birds have the same need for artistic expression as humans. I stopped on page 53 because I got distracted with other books, but I doubted that the "debate" would develop much between there and the last sentence on page There's an accompanying website that has audio clips of bird song and the author's duets.
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I never checked it out, but I like that he makes bird song available. There's nothing more frustrating than reading about music you can't hear. May 07, Sandi rated it really liked it. A fun book to read I have heard birds sing for years it's a way to identify them like their looks are that is until you run into a mimic like the mockingbird. Jan 19, Suz Davidson rated it really liked it.
Interesting in-depth concepts relating birdsong and music theory. David explore Absolutely great. David explores the subject of birdsong from as many different angles as there probably are: Thank you, David, I love this bk. What more cd ya ask for?! Jan 23, Jane G Meyer rated it really liked it Shelves: I just happened to be walking past this book in the library and decided to add it to my growing pile. It has been a delightful book to peruse; since I'm not really a birder, nor a musician, nor a scientist, there was much information that simply flew over my head, but I loved his thesis and mode of inquiry and willingness to ask question after question without feeling the need for a definitive conclusion.
More than anything it gave me a new appreciation for the sounds coming from the finches sit I just happened to be walking past this book in the library and decided to add it to my growing pile.
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More than anything it gave me a new appreciation for the sounds coming from the finches sitting on my fountain--and the coos of the pigeon on the wire. I wonder, "are they just singing to sing, today? Are they young birds trying to learn the notes of their species? I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in birds and their habits. This is a great little book! It is pretty amazing to learn what some of these songbirds are capable of. More questions are raised than answered throughout the book. No matter what conclusions are drawn to any of these questions, the one truth that remains the same is the beauty and joy inherent in This is a great little book!
No matter what conclusions are drawn to any of these questions, the one truth that remains the same is the beauty and joy inherent in bird song. Who knows, maybe these birds are singing for mates or for territory, and maybe sometimes they are just singing because they are feeling the music. Jun 11, Krista rated it did not like it Shelves: This one started off ok A new look at something that I've read a bunch on. But then he tries to do science, which he does poorly at best. I don't mind theory, in fact I enjoy the theoretical sciences bunches, but this guy was clearly pulling information out of his ass.
Got to chapter 3 and could not continue. The best thing that I learned from this book was that there is a national aviary in Pittsbourgh, PA. I want to go there but will not revisit this book again.
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Apr 29, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: After two attempts, I have to put this book down. It promised me science, it promised me music, but all it's delivering, after more than two chapters, is rhetorical questions and contradictory statements. Maybe someone who just wants to read some stories about birds would enjoy this more than I did, but especially after having read The Violinist's Thumb and starting in on that author's newest book, Why Birds Sing is just not giving me what I want out of a book of this type.
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Jul 09, Ellie rated it liked it. A third of the way into this, and I'm not sure what I think. It's part popular science, with a good dose of poetry, as well as what I guess I would call musicology- it may be little too wide-ranging for my tastes. I'm interested in all these things, but so far he hasn't delved deeply enough into any of them. I did, however, feel particularly attentive to the mockingbird I found singing from the top of a telephone pole during my run this morning I am sure tho that it is a fascinating read if you can get into it, I just found the language so heavy and boring.
Also I am not musically attuned so the music parts were a bit lost on me. It's a bit sad as I really wanted to know Jan 06, Dnicebear rated it it was amazing.
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