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A Bat S End

Author : John Woinarski
ISBN : 9781486308651
Genre : Science
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On the evening of 26 August 2009, the last known pipistrelle emerges from its day-time shelter on Christmas Island. Scientists, desperate about its conservation, set up a maze of netting to try to catch it. It is a forlorn and futile exercise – even if captured, there is little future in just one bat. But the bat evades the trap easily, and continues foraging. It is not recorded again that night, and not at all the next night. The bat is never again recorded. The scientists search all nearby areas over the following nights. It has gone. There are no more bats. Its corpse is not, will never be, found. It is the silent, unobtrusive death of the last individual. It is extinction. This book is about that bat, about those scientists, about that island. But mostly it is an attempt to understand that extinction; an unusual extinction, because it was predicted, witnessed and its timing is precise. A Bat's End is a compelling forensic examination of the circumstances and players surrounding the extinction of the Christmas Island pipistrelle. A must-read for environmental scientists, policy-makers, and organisations and individuals with an interest in conservation.
Category: Science

Social Calls Of The Bats Of Britain And Ireland

Author : Neil Middleton
ISBN : 9781784270025
Genre : Science
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Bats are fascinating mammals about which we still have much to learn. As well as using ultrasonic echolocation calls for orientation and while foraging, they also have a complex array of vocalisations for communication. These are known as social calls and are an essential component of their colonial lifestyle. This book brings together the current state of knowledge of social calls relating to the bat species occurring within Britain and Ireland, with some additional examples from species represented elsewhere in Europe. It includes access to a downloadable library of calls to be used in conjunction with the book. Downloadable call library Social calls are complex and intriguing to listen to; they are after all produced with listeners in mind (other bats). To enjoy and fully appreciate social calls the reader must also have the opportunity to become a listener: each of the presented sonograms in the book is cross-referenced to downloadable ‘time expanded’ .wav sound files which are contained within a much wider library of calls for you to explore. Included in Social Calls of the Bats of Britain and Ireland The authors start with an overview of the species of bats in Britain and Ireland (Chapter 1), and then introduce us to communication within the social world of bats (Chapter 2). Referencing the latest research, the authors explore how these calls can be classified according to their structure, and in many cases the context in which the calls are thought to be emitted (Chapter 3). Chapter 4 addresses aspects of survey methodology to be considered by those studying social calls. This leads on to the analysis of calls (Chapter 5), detailing the specific methods used and parameters commonly measured by researchers. The final, and main chapter (Chapter 6) introduces the 23 species covered in the book giving each a detailed profile including: habitat preferences, typical roosting locations, roost emergence times, mating strategies and maternity behaviour. Each species profile includes what is known about the social calls for that species and this text is supported by colour sonograms (created using Pettersson BatSound V4.1) of most of the calls discussed. Each sonogram is linked to a .wav sound file (Time Expansion x10) within the downloadable library. The sound files allow the reader to hear, as well as see, the calls produced using any bat sound analysis software that supports the .wav format. The authors conclude with a bibliography and an extensive list of references directly cross-referenced throughout the book.
Category: Science

Infectious Disease Specialists

Author : Edward Willett
ISBN : 9780766069701
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Are you fascinated by sickness and how it spreads? Do you have the urge to help people suffering from diseases both known and unknown? Do you ever wonder how vaccines and cures are developed? If so, a career as an infectious disease specialist might be for you! Through interviews and actual case studies, you'll learn what it's like to be an infectious disease specialist and discover the role they play in modern medicine.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Living At The End Of Time

Author : John Hanson Mitchell
ISBN : 9781611685886
Genre : Nature
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In this second book in his Scratch Flat Chronicles, John Hanson Mitchell tells how he set out to recreate Henry David ThoreauÕs two years at Walden Pond in a replica of ThoreauÕs cabin. Mitchell lived off the grid, without running water or electricity, in a tiny house not half a mile from a major highway and in the shadow of a massive new computer company. Nevertheless, his contact with wildlife, the changing seasons, and the natural world equaled and even surpassed ThoreauÕs. Hugely popular with the international community of Thoreau followers when it was first published, this book will now be essential reading for the growing community of people who are interested in living in a tiny house, fully experiencing the natural world, or finding self-sufficiency in an increasingly plugged-in society.
Category: Nature

Snatches Of Life

Author : Neil Primus
ISBN : 9781453539569
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 26.36 MB
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This manuscript is a compilation of original works. Folklore, legends, culture, fact and fi ction are all used to bring these pieces to life. Some of our folk lores and culture are refl ected in a Perfect Christmas, Ma Lotties Farewell, Old Haigue a Fly, The Called and Fraid De Dark. Guyanas beauty and natures gifts are weaved into pieces like An Outing in the Country, A Wild Ride and Life in my Neck of the Woods. Life and its triumphs and failures and peoples unpredictability are recorded in stories such as Plumber in the House, Pets are Us, The Days Goes Floating By, Needle in a Haystack, Rum Till I Die and Two is a Crowd. Humour fl ows through many of my stories and is quite evident in the following pieces. Catch a Bull By the Tail, Flight of the Bats, Going Going Gone!, King Thief , Rooster Rendezvous. Appointment with Dr. Punch, Making my Melody, Patrick the Prankster, Repeat After Me, The Awakening. Millicent. The Young and the Wild, is based on true events. Fiction and adventure are captured in The Coming of a King and Strange. Written in simple language these stories are often upbeat and capture the imagination of the readers young or old. Readers can journey through many aspects of Guyana and its people and reminisce on days forgotten. Snatches of Life is a must read for children and adults.
Category: Fiction

Bats In The Graveyard

Author : Sharon Jennings
ISBN : 1897039182
Genre : Cemeteries
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An older boy dares Sam and Simon to meet him and his friends inside the graveyard on Halloween night.
Category: Cemeteries

The Well At The World S End

Author : A. J. Mackinnon
ISBN : 9781921870392
Genre : Travel
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“This is a wonderful book ... warm, humorous and entertaining.” – Bookseller+Publisher When A.J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World’s End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth. Determined not to fly (‘It would feel like cheating’), he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take care of the rest. By land and by sea, by train, truck, horse and yacht, he makes his way across the globe – and through a series of hilarious adventures. He survives a bus crash in Australia, marries a princess in Laos, is attacked by Komodo dragons and does time in a Chinese jail. The next lift – or the next near-miss – is always just a happy accident away. This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage, an old-fashioned quest by a modern-day adventurer. “One of the most enjoyable books I have ever read ... a marvellous read by a travel writer with a unique style.” – The Canberra Times A.J. Mackinnon is the author of The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow and The Well at the World’s End. He was born in Australia in 1963 and he spent his childhood between England and Australia, travelling as a small boy with his family on the last P&O liners to sail between the two countries. His interests include painting, philosophy, writing, conjuring and home-made fireworks.
Category: Travel