In this delightful book, teacher and birder Cathryn Sill explains to children what birds are, what they do, and how they live. Accompanied by beautifully detailed illustrations from noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, About Birds is a first thoughtful glimpse into the world of birds, from eggs to nest, from songs to flight. Simple and enlightening, About Birds tells children what is essential for understanding and appreciating birds. An afterword provides further detail for youthful ornithologists and their parents regarding bird identification.
Life with Birds uncovers the fascinating story of our interdependence with birds. The author weaves an amazing web of inter-relationships, from the Parsi funeral in Mumbai where birds of prey eat the dead; to collecting eider down from nests in Iceland and standing on the once body-strewn battlefield of Agincourt where birds won the day for the English army. From the earliest days of human existence we have exploited birds; for food, for their feathers, to satisfy our blood lust, to entertain us with their beauty, to inspire our art, our advertising, classical music, popular songs and much more. Cage birds are kept for their beauty and song but this book also investigates the repugnant illegal rare bird trade, and the organised crime it has spawned involving around 1.5 million birds a year. Criminals will go to unbelievable lengths when smuggling rare birds for sale and the 1.5m birds in this annual trade threaten the survival of several exotic species. Since time immemorial birds have exploited us too. Birds can use our homes to make theirs and can ruin farmers' crops in minutes. Some of the most impressive birds have set up home on high-rise buildings, exploiting the city slicker pigeons that live off discarded fast food and much else. Life with Birds contains intriguing examples of the huge range of interactions between birds and people. How undercover law enforcement in the US is tackling a cruel and bloodthirsty 'sport'; how birds are being used to smuggle drugs into a prison and across borders; controversial practices such as bird sacrifice in religious ceremonies; and how some Kenyan tribesmen are guided by a bird to find a food they both value. Many myths, magic and religious practices involving birds are exposed such as whether they can predict deadly mining disasters; whether they have killed anyone; and whether the eerie night-time calls in the precipitous mountains of Madeira are the souls of shepherds who have fallen to their deaths. If you have ever wondered what a nest made solely of bird saliva, considered a delicacy in some countries, tastes like or whether you knew Chairman Mao's 'kill a sparrow' campaign in the 1950s resulted in many millions of Chinese dying of starvation, Life with Birds will provide enlightenment as well as a hugely enjoyable read.
Rock Pigeon struts down the street, bopping his head to the music's beat. He's looking for some feathered friends to join his musical band. Discover the characteristics of pigeons, eagles, and all types of birds in this fun song paired with beautiful illustrations. This paperback book comes with CD and online music access.
"True Song" is an allegory dramatizing the faithful journey of the Church as she is challenged to abandon herself sacrificially in pursuit of her beloved Bridegroom, Christ. Conveyed with fable-like simplicity, it is the tale of a songless sparrow named Married whose heart is awakened to a new hope.
Follow the enraptured Married as she is lured away from the stifling isolation of her husband, Loneliness, and into the swampy unknown, on the promise that she is to become the bride of the charming and magnetic Song Sparrow, Prophet. But how is this possible? she wonders. For I am already Married.
Caught in a scandalous affair, Married follows the course of the river through perilous twists and turns, desperately dependent on the guidance of Counselor and her companion in longsuffering, Faith. Learn how Married, through her adventure filled with astonishing surprises, gains insight into the wonderful mysteries and fulfillment of her marriage to Loneliness, and the significance of her two chicks, Meaning and Purpose. From the silence of the river, she emerges and returns home to River Acres Park with her True Song, proclaiming Counselor's faithfulness.
Experience the blessing of God's unlimited ability to transform love and marriage.
With more than 400 different species statewide, Wisconsin is filled with trails and terrain for bird watching. And Wisconsin Birds is the perfect pocket-sized, folding guide for the bird lover and nature enthusiast. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar species and includes a map featuring prominent state-wide birding hotspots. Laminated for durability, this handy guide is a great source of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike.