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Author : Katie Fallon
ISBN : 9781512600308
Genre : Nature
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Turkey vultures, the most widely distributed and abundant scavenging birds of prey on the planet, are found from central Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, and nearly everywhere in between. In the United States we sometimes call them buzzards; in parts of Mexico the name is aura cabecirroja, in Uruguay jote cabeza colorada, and in Ecuador gallinazo aura. A huge bird, the turkey vulture is a familiar sight from culture to culture, in both hemispheres. But despite being ubiquitous and recognizable, the turkey vulture has never had a book of literary nonfiction devoted to it - until Vulture. Floating on six-foot wings, turkey vultures use their keen senses of smell and sight to locate carrion. Unlike their cousin the black vulture, turkey vultures do not kill weak or dying animals; instead, they cleanse, purify, and renew the environment by clearing it of decaying carcasses, thus slowing the spread of such dangerous pathogens as anthrax, rabies, and botulism. The beauty, grace, and important role of these birds in the ecosystem notwithstanding, turkey vultures are maligned and underappreciated; they have been accused of spreading disease and killing livestock, neither of which has ever been substantiated. Although turkey vultures are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes harming them a federal offense, the birds still face persecution. They've been killed because of their looks, their odor, and their presence in proximity to humans. Even the federal government occasionally sanctions "roost dispersals," which involve the harassment and sometimes the murder of communally roosting vultures during the cold winter months. Vulture follows a year in the life of a typical North American turkey vulture. By incorporating information from scientific papers and articles, as well as interviews with world-renowned raptor and vulture experts, author Katie Fallon examines all aspects of the bird's natural history: breeding, incubating eggs, raising chicks, migrating, and roosting. After reading this book you will never look at a vulture in the same way again.
Category: Nature

Look See The Bird

Author : Bill Wilson
ISBN : 9781578266883
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Look, See the Bird! is a beautifully illustrated children's book which seeks to not only promote curiosity in children about the natural world around them, but also to establish the universal quality of having a connection with nature. Look, See the Bird! follows children in a variety of locations, all of whom are learning about local birds and their habits. Beginning with Ruben and his sister Maria, who have decided to spend their day bird-watching in the coffee plants of their Nicaraguan farm, the story wings towards locations as far removed as Alabama and Ontario, lighting down briefly along the way as children the world over join with Ruben and Maria in spirit, looking for birds in their own backyards. Each time, the question is asked by one child to another: "Look! See the bird?" And each time, the children are treated to the sight of a majestic bird native to their home. This unifying question joins the children on the page with the children holding the book, inviting them to look outside, and see what they can see!
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Understanding Extractivism

Author : Anna J. Willow
ISBN : 9780429883897
Genre : Social Science
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Understanding ExtrACTIVISM surveys how contemporary resource extractive industry works and considers the responses it inspires in local citizens and activists. Chapters cover a range of extractive industries operating around the world, including logging, hydroelectric dams, mining, and oil and natural gas extraction. Taking an activist anthropological stance, Anna Willow examines how culture and power inform recent and ongoing disputes between projects’ proponents and opponents, beneficiaries and victims. Through a series of engaging case studies, she argues that diverse contemporary natural resource conflicts are underlain by a culturally constituted ‘extractivist’ mind-set and embedded in global patterns of political inequity. Offering a synthesizing framework for making sense of complex interconnections among environmental, social, and political dimensions of natural resource disputes, Willow reflects on why extractivism exists, why it matters, and what we might be able to do about it. The book is valuable reading for students and researchers in the environmental social sciences as well as for activists and practitioners.
Category: Social Science

Relative Silence

Author : Carrie Stuart Parks
ISBN : 9780785226208
Genre : Fiction
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A powerful family with lots of secrets. A forensic artist with his own tragedies. And a hurricane drawing bearing down on their private island. Fifteen years ago Piper Boone’s only child died in a boating accident, and Piper’s almost perfect life came to an end too. After living through a divorce and losing her job, she retreats to Curlew Island and her childhood home—a secluded mansion for the politically powerful Boone family, who are practically American royalty. But Piper’s desire to become a recluse is shattered when a mass shooter opens fire and kills three women at a café where Piper is having lunch. The crisis puts her family in the spotlight by dredging up rumors of the so-called Curlew Island Curse, which whispers say has taken the lives of several members of the Boone family, including Piper’s father and sister. Forensic artist Tucker Landry also survives the shooting and is tasked with the job of sketching a portrait of the shooter with Piper. They forge a bond over their shared love of movies and tragic pasts. But when police discover a connection between the shooting and two more murders on Curlew Island, they face a more terrible lineup of suspects than they could have imagined: Piper’s family. Unraveling the family’s true history will be the key to Piper’s survival—or her certain death. Praise for Relative Silence: “Danger and drama abide in this tale that takes a walk on the perilous side. With a flare for the macabre, the story will linger in your head long after the last page.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author “Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks was one of the most engrossing suspense novels I’ve read in a long time. Pitch perfect pacing and characterization along with Parks’ knowledgeable hand with forensics kept me on the edge of my seat. If you enjoy suspense with a light touch of romance, you must read this one!” —Colleen Coble, author of One Little Lie and the Lavender Tide series “The perfect beach read! Relative Silence is an expert mix of family drama and slow-burning thriller, leavened with Parks’ trademark humor. You'll be pulling for Piper and Tucker as the story builds toward a hurricane-force climax.” —Rick Acker, bestselling author “With skill and her ever-present wit, Carrie Parks has arranged puzzle pieces and woven story threads into an engaging and quick-moving read with tantalizing questions, quirky characters, and . . . oh yes, some well-placed fictional curve balls along the way. Enjoy!” —Frank Peretti, bestselling author “What a great book! Carrie Stuart Parks has done it again. Relative Silence offers us characters we care about, a convoluted and clever plot, and hours of reading pleasure. Highly recommended.” —Gayle Roper, Lost and Found, Hide and Seek “What a compelling story! I rarely read a book all in one sitting, but Parks’ combination of intriguing plot, vivid setting, and characters you can’t help but root for kept me turning the pages right through the very-satisfying ending. I highly recommend this excellent read!” —Marlo Schalesky, award-winning author of Women of the Bible Speak Out “Carrie Stuart Parks’ Relative Silence has all the bells and whistles. A relatable character in Piper Boone, a plot that keeps moving forward, and a surprising finish. It was hard to put down. A completely satisfying read.” —Nancy Mehl, bestselling, award winning author of the Kaely Quinn Profiler series “Carrie Parks has it all in this book—mystery, romance, and a subtle message about God.” —Richard Mabry, author of Critical Decision Full-length suspense with a thread of romance Award-winning, bestselling author Includes discussion questions for book clubs
Category: Fiction

30 Animals That Share Our World

Author : InkThinkTank
ISBN : 9781633225008
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Do you know who the world's smartest animal is? How exactly do spiders spin their webs? Have you heard about the tiniest frog on earth? Find out the answers to these questions and learn so much more about our world's fascinating creatures in 30 Animals That Share Our World! Written by today’s best known, award-winning children's authors, each bite-sized essay in this collection gives kids an exciting peek into the amazing animal kingdom. This collection, which follows 30 People That Changed the World, features essays from the world-famous NonFictionMinute blog. These essays are quick to read, and will have children begging to know more about the world around them.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Georgia Review

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ISBN : UCR:31210024555425
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature