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The Night Birds

Author : Thomas Maltman
ISBN : 9781569477687
Genre : Fiction
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A “luminously written and harrowing” historical saga of three generations of German immigrants to the Midwest (Minneapolis Star Tribune). “Set in the 1860s and ’70s, Maltman’s superb debut evokes a Midwest lacerated by clashes between European and Native American, slaveowner and abolitionist, killer and healer, nature and culture. Asa Senger, a lonely 14-year-old boy, is at first wary when his father’s sister, Hazel, arrives at his parents’ Minnesota home after a long stay in a faraway asylum, but he comes to cherish the mysterious Hazel’s warmth and company. Through her stories, Asa learns of his family’s bitter past: the lore and dreams of their German forebears, their place in the bitter divide over slavery and, most complex of all, the bond between Hazel and the Dakotan warrior Wanikiya that deepens despite the violence between their peoples. Maltman excels at giving even his most harrowing scenes an understated realism and at painting characters who are richly, sometimes disturbingly, human. The novel sustains its tension right to the moment it ends.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “We all set our sights on the Great American Novel . . . [Thomas Maltman] comes impressively close to laying his hands on the grail.” —The Boston Globe
Category: Fiction

The Song Of The Day Birds And The Night Birds

Author : Dahlov Zorach Ipcar
ISBN : LCCN:67010009
Genre : Birds in literature
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Two line verses about many day and night birds, with color illustrations.
Category: Birds in literature

The Night Birds

Author : Tormod Haugen
ISBN : 0440064511
Genre : Emotional problems of children
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Jake struggles to come to grip with terrors real and imagined, including his father's bouts of depression and his own nightmares.
Category: Emotional problems of children

Night Bird S Reign

Author : Holly Taylor
ISBN : 9781605425597
Genre : Fiction
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The High King is dead. The land is in peril. A child has been born to save his people. But a traitor lurks with evil in his mind and murder in his heart, dogging the footsteps of those who protect the babe who would be king. But magic is at work, high magic. Gwydion the Dreamer awakes, screaming, from a prophetic dream of tragedy and loss, a dream peopled by kings of the past. Though he thinks he is not ready, the Shining Ones lay a task upon him: protect young Arthur; and locate Caladfwlch, the lost sword of the last, murdered High King of Kymru. Dodging assassins to find the woman who holds the key to unlock a horrible secret, and fighting the longings of his own shattered heart, Gwydion sets out upon his odyssey. And finds that fate cannot be fulfilled without sacrificing the life of someone he loves.
Category: Fiction

A Study Guide For Ishion Hutchinson S At Night Birds Hammered My Unborn

Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN : 9781535845298
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A Study Guide for Ishion Hutchinson's "At Night Birds Hammered My Unborn", excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.
Category: Literary Criticism

Birds By Night

Author : Graham Martin
ISBN : 9781408137703
Genre : Nature
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For many people, watching and studying birds is exclusively a day time activity. However, for many birds twilight and night time are not a barrier to useful activity. It is true that very few birds are exclusively nocturnal, but many birds which are active by day also conduct limited, and often crucial, activities after dusk. This book examines many examples of the nocturnal behaviour of birds; from the occasional night feeding of wildfowl and shorebirds to the night singing and night migration of certain passerines, and from the location of nest sites by sea birds to the nocturnal foraging of owls and nightjars. The special cases of flightless nocturnal birds and those birds which dwell in lightless caves are also considered. Throughout, this survey considers not only what it is that birds do at night but also discusses how these nocturnal activities are possible. It brings together studies in field ornithology, sensory science, ecology and physics and involves comparisons of the sensory capacities of other animals, including man. It is shown how the senses of hearing, smell and touch, as well as vision, play a crucial role in many of the night time activities of birds. However, these senses are not always adequate for fully explaining how nocturnal behaviours are executed. To achieve this we must look at the complex of relationships between behavioural and sensory adaptations and the particular environments which birds inhabit from dusk to dawn.
Category: Nature


Author : Lawrence M. James
ISBN : 9781483645971
Genre : Fiction
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Nightbirds is the graphic and violent story of a serial killer and two FBI agents who are trying to stop him before he becomes the most prolific serial killer in United States history. Driven by events that occurred many years before and a perspective that requires his own form of brutal redemption, the killer quickly targets and murders each victim, leaving behind a body and a signature in the trophy he takes from each of them. The principal characters include Lou Mark (a relatively young FBI agent with a unique gift), Tom Anglen (an experienced FBI agent who has worked in the Serial Killer Division for twenty years), their families, the victims, and the killer. Mark and Anglen track the serial killer from one city to another through the women he chooses, all of whom are strikingly similar in age and appearance. At each crime scene, as Mark and Anglen see what appears to have been consensual sex, followed almost immediately by a savage murder, they realize that they have to understand the legend of the nightbirds to catch the killer. The author is working on a sequel to Nightbirds, which should be available later this year.
Category: Fiction

Night Birds On Nantucket

Author : Joan Aiken
ISBN : 9781409024682
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Shipwrecked Dido Twite, picked up by a whaling ship, finds herself many miles from home and facing deep troubles. Sinister Miss Slighcarp, the governess from Willoughby Chase, makes a reappearance, this time is cahoots with Hanoverian plotters who have a dastardly plan in mind.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

The Migration Ecology Of Birds

Author : Ian Newton
ISBN : 0080554830
Genre : Science
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This book presents an up-to-date, detailed and thorough review of the most fascinating ecological findings of bird migration. It deals with all aspects of this absorbing subject, including the problems of navigation and vagrancy, the timing and physiological control of migration, the factors that limit their populations, and more. Author, Ian Newton, reveals the extraordinary adaptability of birds to the variable and changing conditions across the globe, including current climate change. This adventurous book places emphasis on ecological aspects, which have received only scant attention in previous publications. Overall, the book provides the most thorough and in-depth appraisal of current information available, with abundant tables, maps and diagrams, and many new insights. Written in a clear and readable style, this book appeals not only to migration researchers in the field and Ornithologists, but to anyone with an interest in this fascinating subject. * Hot ecological aspects include: various types of bird movements, including dispersal and nomadism, and how they relate to food supplies and other external conditions * Contains numerous tables, maps and diagrams, a glossary, and a bibliography of more than 2,700 references * Written by an active researcher with a distinguished career in avian ecology, including migration research
Category: Science

Birds Of The Masai Mara

Author : Adam Scott Kennedy
ISBN : 9781400844920
Genre : Nature
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Birds of the Masai Mara is a remarkably beautiful photographic guide featuring the bird species likely to be encountered by visitors to the popular Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. With an eye-catching layout, easy-to-use format, and no-jargon approach, the book contains more than 300 stunning photographs covering over 200 species of birds and is accessible and informative, rather than purely identification-based. A handy, brief introduction provides visitors with background on the habitats of the national park, and the guide's habitat-based approach makes it simple to identify any bird species according to where it is found. Based on the firsthand experiences of the author, Birds of the Masai Mara is an ideal companion to all those visiting the national reserve and to bird aficionados interested in learning more about the region. The only photographic guide to focus solely on the bird species of the Masai Mara National Reserve More than 300 remarkable photographs covering over 200 species Accessible text explores bird species behavior and species etymology A brief and handy introduction examines the habitats of the Masai Mara Easy-to-use habitat-based layout makes exciting birdwatching easy
Category: Nature


Author : Nigel Cleere
ISBN : 9781408135471
Genre : Nature
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The nightjars and their allies are amongst the most difficult of all birds to identify. Being strictly nocturnal and cryptically patterned in shades of brown, it is often necessary to rely on size, shape, habitat and voice to safely identify a species. The nightjars are by far the largest family in the order and are spread throughout the world. Some species have developed spectacular tails and wing adornments, but the majority are fairly uniform in appearance. They inhabit both forests and deserts and are ground-nesting. Many species are migratory. The forest-dwelling frogmouths of Asia and Australasia and the potoos of Latin America, adopt a less aeiral feeding strategy and nest on open branches or in tree crevices. The unique oilbird of South American nests colonially in caves, and the owlet-nighjars almost exclusively inhabit Australasia. This book fully covers this popular group of birds. The text has been thoroughly researched, both in the museum and in the field, and the plates depict feather-by-feather detail, allowing identification of all species, providing adequate views are obtained. As voice is so important in nightjar identification, an accompanying CD (priced separately) with the voices of many species will be issued simultaneously."
Category: Nature

The Antarctic Dictionary

Author : Bernadette Hince
ISBN : 9780643102323
Genre : Science
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The world’s most isolated continent has spawned some of the most unusual words in the English language. In the space of a mere century, a remarkable vocabulary has evolved to deal with the extraordinary environment and living organisms of the Antarctic and subantarctic. Here, for the first time, is a complete guide to the origin and definitions of Antarctic words. Like other historical dictionaries, The Antarctic Dictionary gives the reader quotations for each word. These quotations are the life-blood of the dictionary — more than 15 000 quotations from about 1000 different sources give the reader a unique insight into the way the language of Antarctica has evolved. The reader will find out what it means to be slotted, the shortcomings of homers, the joys of a donga and the hazards of a growler. The Antarctic Dictionary has been meticulously researched, and will appeal to all those who have been to the frozen continent or have ever dreamed of going there. It will also appeal to those fascinated by the development of language. With a forward by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Category: Science

All The Birds Singing

Author : Evie Wyld
ISBN : 9780307907776
Genre : Fiction
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From one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists, a stunningly insightful, emotionally powerful new novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness. Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rain and battering wind. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wants it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, and rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake’s past, hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
Category: Fiction

Fifty Common Birds Of The Upper Midwest

Author : Nancy Overcott
ISBN : 9781587296642
Genre : Art
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No bird is common, if we use “common” to mean ordinary. But birds that are seen more commonly than others can seem less noteworthy than species that are rarely glimpsed. In this gathering of essays and illustrations celebrating fifty of the most common birds of the Upper Midwest, illustrator Dana Gardner and writer Nancy Overcott encourage us to take a closer look at these familiar birds with renewed appreciation for their not-so-ordinary beauty and lifeways. Beginning with the garishly colored male and the more gently colored female wood duck, whose tree cavity nest serves as a launching pad for ducklings in the summer months, and ending on a bright yellow note with the American goldfinch, whose cheerful presence enlivens the midwestern landscape all year long, Overcott combines field observations drawn from her twenty-plus years of living and birding in Minnesota's Big Woods with anecdotes and data from other ornithologists to portray each species' life cycle, its vocalizations and appearance, and its habitat, food, and foraging methods as well as migration patterns and distribution. Infused with a dedication to conserving natural resources, her succinct yet personable prose forms an ideal complement to Gardner's watercolors as this renowned illustrator of avian life worldwide revisits the birds of his childhood. Together art and text ensure that the wild turkey, great blue heron, sharp-shinned hawk, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, house wren, ovenbird, field sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, red-winged blackbird, and forty other species of the Upper Midwest are never seen as common again.
Category: Art


Author : Mark Wilson
ISBN : 9781612129631
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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From Hedwig, the Snowy Owl of Harry Potter fame, to Winnie-the-Pooh’s beloved friend Owl, this wide-eyed bird of the night has found its way into young hearts and imaginations everywhere. Owling invites young readers into the world of real-life owls, to learn about their fascinating behaviors and abilities. Wildlife photojournalist and nature educator Mark Wilson presents a one-of-a-kind look into the mysterious lives of these distinctive birds. Dramatic images of the 19 owl species of North America nesting, flying, hunting, and catching prey are accompanied by information about the birds’ silent flight, remarkable eyes and ears, haunting calls, and fascinating night life. Kids will learn how to spot owls; identify their calls, plumage, and pellets; and even carry on a hooting conversation with a nearby owl. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Owls Of Australia

Author : Stephen J. S. Debus
ISBN : 0858812223
Genre : Owls
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The Owls of Australia summarises the features and biology of Australian nocturnal birds, which include some of the most impressive birds found in this region. The owls and their look-alikes, the frogmouths, feature in this handy and fully illustrated book, which has been written for ordinary bird lovers, naturalists, and ornithologists.
Category: Owls


Author : Garin Cycholl
ISBN : 9781411680951
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