What the Robin Knows How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

ISBN-10: 054400230X

ISBN-13: 9780544002302

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jon Young

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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.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What the Robin Knows
A Cacophony of Harmony
In the Beginning Is the Song
More Cacophony of Harmony
The Sit Spot
An Alarm for Every Occasion
They're All in This Together
A Shape for Every Occasion
From Collision to Connection
Learning Bird Language
Audio
Notes
References
Index
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